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Smidt Races for Lovington Cash

Caleb Smidt ropes his calf Thursday night, and stops the clock in 7.8 seconds to take the second-round lead in tie-down roping at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo. He also sits fourth in the aggregate race. (PHOTO BY PEGGY GANDER)

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Caleb Smidt knew he needed to be fast Thursday night if he has any chance of pulling any money out of the Lea County Fair and Rodeo.

He roped and tied his calf in 7.8 seconds to take the second-round lead in tie-down roping at Jake McClure Arena and moved into fourth place in the average race with two performances remaining in this year’s event.

“The round’s actually pretty tough here,” said Smidt, the 2015 tie-down roping world champion from Bellville, Texas. “I had a decent calf tonight and got a decent start. It’s only the second run on these calves, and they were fresh the first time. It was a little tricky, but I had a good go at her.”

“Fresh” refers to the calves that haven’t been put through the chute system and haven’t been roped and tied before entering this week of competition. That makes it difficult to know just how each animal might leave the chute and how fast it might run. After holding on for an 11.6-second run in the first round Thursday afternoon, he made his second run spectacular.

Caleb Smidt

It’s all in an effort to pad his pocketbook. In rodeo, dollars equal points, and only the top 15 contestants on the money list in each event at the conclusion of the regular season advance to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Smidt is a four-time qualifier.

“It’s important, because that’s where we make our money,” he said of ProRodeo’s grand finale, which will pay go-round winners more than $26,000 for 10 straight nights. “I’ve already done pretty well as far as money. I placed at Salt Lake and placed at Calgary, and those rodeos pay a lot. They don’t count for the world standings, but I rodeo for a living, not to make the finals.

“Still, it’s always good to make the finals, because there’s a lot of money up for grabs.”

Should he remain in his position through the final two nights of Lovington’s rodeo, Smidt could add another $4,000. He sits ninth in the world standings with just less than $70,000, do anything he can add to it would be gravy. He just pocketed more than $7,200 for winning the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup Rodeo for the second time.

“This is a new week,” he said. “This is my first check of this week. We’ve got Hermiston (Ore.) on Saturday. Maybe we can go up there and get a couple checks and have a decent week.”

At least he’s got a good start in Lovington.


Lea County Fair and Rodeo
Lovington, N.M.
Aug. 8-11

Bareback riding leaders: 1. Casey Colletti, 86.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket; 2. Tim O’Connell, 83.5; 3. Tony Barrington, 78.5; 4. Kaycee Field, 76.5; 5. Caleb Bennett, 76; 6. Mat David Turner, 71; no other qualified rides.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Marcus Theriot, 3.9 seconds; 2. Rowdy Parrott, 4.1; 3. J.D. Struxness, 4.5; 4. Blake Knowles, 4.6; 5. Cutter Parsons, 4.7; 6. K.C. Jones, 4.9; 7. Nick Guy, 5.1; 8. (tie) Tyler Waguespack, Tristan Martin and Kodie Jang, 5.4. Second round leaders: 1. Tyler Waguespack, 3.6 seconds; 2. Blake Knowles, 4.1; 3. Cody Doescher, 4.4; 4. (tie) Nick Guy, Cody Cabral and Will Lummus, 4.5; 7. Rowdy Parrott, 4.6; 9. Mike McGinn, 4.7. Average leaders: 1. (tie) Blake Knowles and Rowdy Parrott, 8.7 seconds on two runs; 3. Tyler Waguespack, 9.0; 4. Nick Guy, 9.6; 5. Will Lummus, 10.5; 6. Kodie Jang, 10.7; 7. Tristan Martin, 10.8; 8. Cody Doescher, 14.3.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Hudson Wallace, 8.3 seconds; 2. Cooper Martin, 9.0; 3. Reese Reimer, 9.1; 4. Dane Kissack, 9.3; 5. Cimarron Boardman, 9.4; 6. Cody McCartney, 9.6; 7. Ty Harris, 9.7; 8. Trevor Brazile, 10.0. Second round leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, 7.8 seconds; 2. Timber Moore, 8.1; 3. (tie) Ty Baker, 9.7; 4. Kody Mahaffey, 8.4; 5. Scott Kormos, 8.6; 6. Tyler Prcin, 9.2; 7. (tie) Hudson Wallace and Cory Solomon, 9.4. Average leaders: 1. Hudson Wallace, 17.7 seconds on two runs; 2. Reese Riemer, 19.0; 3. Kody Mahaffey, 19.1; 4. Caleb Smidt, 19.4; 5. Ty Harris, 20.1; 6. Scott Kormos, 20.3; 7. Ty Baker, 20.5; 8. Randall Carlisle, 20.7.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Taos Muncy, 86 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Drama Queen; 2. Isaac Diaz, 81; 3. Clay Elliott, 79; 4. Shane Proctor, 78.5; 5. Jacob Lewis, 78; 6. Jade Blackwell, 76; 7. J.J. Elshere, 75; 8. Preston Burr, 74.5.

Steer roping: First round leaders: 1. Landon McClaugherty, 10.8 seconds; 2. Tuf Cooper, 11.9; 3. Tony Reina, 13.7; 4. Brodie Poppino, 14.7; 5. Corey Ross, 14.8; 6. Brian Garr, 15.3; 7. Kelton McMillen, 15.5; 8. J. Tom Fisher, 15.7. Second round leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 8.3 seconds; 2. Bryce Davis, 11.4; 3. (tie) Darin Suit and Kim Ziegelgruber, 11.7; 5. J. Tom Fisher, 12.6; 6. Dane Noyce, 12.9; 7. Ralph Williams, 13.3; 8. Mike Chase, 13.9. Third round: 1. J.P. Wickett, 10.0 seconds; 2. Billy Good, 12.0; 3. Jason Evans, 12.2; 4. Bryce Davis, 12.4; 5. Roger Branch, 13.2; 6. Van Hale, 14.1; 7. Trey Wallace, 15.4; 8. Dane Noyce, 15.5. Average leaders: 1. Bryce Davis, 44.4 seconds on three runs; 2. Trey Wallace, 46.6; 3. Roger Branch, 50.4; 4. Dane Noyce, 52.1; 5. Corey Ross, 56.3; 6. Darin Suit, 27.8 seconds on two runs; 47. J. Tom Fisher, 28.3; 8. Trevor Brazile, 28.6.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Tanner Green/Forrest Fisher, 4.8 seconds; 2. Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, 5.2; 3. Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 5.4; 4. Kellan Johnson/Brady Norman, 5.5; 5. Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 5.7; 6. Kelsey Parchman/Dustin Davis, 5.8; 7. Jeff Flenniken,/Jake Minor, 5.9; 8. Erich Rogers/Clint Summers, 6.0. Second round leaders: 1. Cory Kidd V/Caleb Anderson, 3.9 seconds; 2. (tie) Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira and Tanner Baldwin/Seth Hall, 4.6; 4. (tie) Erich Rogers/Clint Summers and Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, 5.3; 6. Kellan Johnson/Brady Norman, 5.4; 7. Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 5.9; 8. Tanner Green/Forrest Fisher, 10.1. Average leaders: 1. Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, 10.5 seconds on two runs; 2. Kellan Johnson/Brady Norman, 10.9; 3. (tie) Erich Rogers/Clint Summers and Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 11.3; 5. Tanner Green/Forrest Fisher, 14.9; 6. Tyler Wade/Tyler McKnight, 39.2; 7. Cory Kidd V/Caleb Anderson, 3.9 seconds on one run; 8. (tie) Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira and Tanner Baldwin/Seth Hall, 4.6.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Andrea Busby, 17.61 seconds; 2. Leia Pluemer, 17.92; 3. Meghan Johnson, 18.13; 4. Jessica Frost, 18.17; 5. Raylene Cox, 18.55; 6. Brandy Sanchez, 18.65; 7. Lisa Ogden, 18.66; 8. Loryn Danley, 18.73; 9. Amanda White, 19.22; 10. Shyann Haddock-Seng, 20.07.

Bull riding leaders: 1. J.W. Harris, 88 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Cat Scat; 2. Elliot Jacoby, 87; 3. (tie) Parker Breding and Kenan Isbell, 82.5; 5. Braden Richardson, 82; 6. Reid Barker, 81; 7. Trevor Reiste, 79.5; 8. Sage Kimzey, 75.

Courtesy of twisTEDrodeo.com