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Swayze Dominates Bulldogging

DODGE CITY, Kan. – The draw for rodeo cowboys is a life of independence and competing in a sport they love.

The draw is also a big part of the game, as cowboys are matched with their animals by a random draw. Those that draw the best animals sometimes win the most. That was the case for steer wrestler Ryan Swayze on Friday at Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.

“I did draw two outstanding steers,” said Swayze of Freedom, Okla.

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It is paying off quite well for the veteran bulldogger, who posted a 3.8-second run Friday morning to lead the opening go-round, then followed it up during Friday’s third performance with a 4.2; the latter is in a three-way tie for first place in the second round with Jacob Edler of State Center, Iowa, and Joby Allen of Alva, Okla.

Swayze’s two-run cumulative time of 8.0 seconds puts him in a nine-tenths of a second lead and has secured his spot in Sunday’s championship round, which features just the top 12 contestants in each event from the preliminary rounds.

“I’ve had some success here,” he said. “It’s my circuit rodeo, so I’ve come here every year for probably 20 years. It’s about 60 miles from where I grew up.

“It’s almost a hometown rodeo.”

It certainly seems like it. Swayze has been a regular fixture at the RAM Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, so doing well in the Oklahoma-Kansas-Nebraska region is important to his rodeo schedule. Doing well in Dodge City – the largest event in the circuit in terms of overall payout – would be a big boost.

Of course, he’d love to win the title and take home a beautiful championship buckle.

“That would certainly be a career highlight for me,” Swayze said. “I hope I can come back and draw me a good steer on Sunday.

He sits 23rd in the Prairie Circuit standings with nearly $1,700 in season earnings. With the potential for big earnings inside Roundup Arena, he could easily move into the top 10.

“We go to a lot of the other smaller circuit rodeos,” he said. “A good week this week with (Kansas rodeos) Phillipsburg and Abilene going right along with this one, a circuit guy could absolutely make the circuit finals this week.”

Swayze placed in one round a year ago and earned nearly $2,500; the 2015 steer wrestling champ, Stockton Graves, placed only in the short round and won the average title while pocketing more than $5,700. Those earnings helped Graves win the circuit title and earn a trip to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, which takes place each April in Kissimmee, Fla.

“The real end prize is going to Florida,” Swayze said. “Winning a good check here and a little more along the way, and I could go in there with a good chance to win the year end title; that would be all that I could ask for.”

He may as well ask for a Roundup buckle while he’s asking.

Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
Dodge City, Kan.
Aug. 3-7
Bareback riding leaders: 1. Evan Jayne, on Frontier Rodeo’s Short Night, and Blake Smith, on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Hot Valley, 83 points; 3. (tie) Jordan Pelton and Kyle Brenneke, 82; 5. Tim O’Connell, 79; 6. Joel Schlegel 77; 7. George Gillespie, 75; 8. Kody Lamb, 73; 9. (tie) Colt Kitaif and Teddy Athan, 72; 11. Caine Riddle, 71; 12. Casey Breuer, 70.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Ryan Swayze, 3.8 seconds; 2. Shane Frey, 4.2; 3. (tie) Kyle Whitaker and Chancey Larson, 4.3; 5. Trever Nelson, 4.5; 6. (tie) Aaron Vosler, Jacob Talley and Jace Melvin, 4.6. Second round leaders: 1. (tie) Jacob Edler, Ryan Swayze and Joby Allen, 4.2 seconds; 4. Aaron Vosler, 4.3; 5. Shane Henderson, 4.4; 6. (tie) Jacob Talley, Kyle Whitaker, Dan Barner and Matt Reeves, 4.8. Average leaders: 1. Ryan Swayze, 8.0 seconds on two runs; 2. Aaron Vosler, 8.9; 3. Kyle Whitaker, 9.1; 4. Jacob Talley, 9.4; 5. Shane Frey, 9.9; 6. Cody Doescher, 10.5; 7. J.D. Struxness, 11.1; 8. Jake Johnson, 12.1; 9. Cody Harmon, 12.4; 10. Cody Kroul, 12.5; 11. Trever Nelson, 12.6; 12. Tooter Silver, 13.2.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 4.7 seconds; 2. Colby Lovell/Travis Graves, 4.9; 3. Billy Bob Brown/Logan Medlin, 5.1; 4. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 5.3; 5. (tie) Cale Markham/Cody Doescher, Kolton Schmidt/Shay Carroll, 5.6; 7. Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis, 5.7; 8. Garrett Tonozzi/Wyatt Cox, 5.8. Second round leaders: 1. Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 5.1 seconds; 2. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 5.4; 3. Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 5.8; 4.Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 6.1; 5. Bubba Buckaloo/Jake Smith, 6.2; 6. Kolton Schmidt/Shay Carroll, 6.3; 7. Cale Markham/Cody Doescher, 7.1; 8. Nick Sartain/Gage Williams, 7.2. Average leaders: 1. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 10.7 seconds on two runs; 2. Kolton Schmidt/Shay Carroll, 11.9; 3. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 12.0; 4. Cale Markham/Cody Doescher, 12.7; 5. (tie) Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres and Nick Sartain/Gage Williams, 13.1; 7. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 16.5; 8. Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis, 17.1; 9. Bubba Buckaloo/Jake Smith, 18.5; 10. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 32.3; 11. Colby Lovell/Travis Graves, 4.9 seconds on one run; 12. (tie) Billy Bob Brown/Logan Medlin and Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 5.1.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Chet Johnson, on Frontier Rodeo’s Griz, and Clay Elliott, on Frontier Rodeo’s Miss Ellie, 84.5 points; 2. (tie) Taos Muncy and Audy Reed, 83.5; 5. (tie) Clay Stremler and Sterling Crawley, 82.5; 7. Shade Etbauer, 81.5; 8. Zeke Thurston, 80.5; 9. Luke Butterfield, 77.5; 10. (tie) Louie Brunson and Jake Wright, 77; Taygen Schuelke, 75.5.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Marcos Costa, 8.4 seconds; 2. Timber Moore, 8.5; 3. Trell Etbauer, 8.8; 4. Tylen Layton, 9.0; 5. (tie) Cheyenne Harper and Blane Cox, 9.2; 7. Cory Solomon, 9.3; 8. Jerome Schneeberger, 9.4. Second round leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, 7.7; 2. Cory Solomon, 7.9; 3. Bryson Sechrist, 8.0; 4. (tie) Sterling Smith and RileyPruitt, 8.2; 6. (tie) William Whayne Jr. and Seth Hall, 8.4; 8. Clint Cooper8.5. Average leaders: 1. Cory Solomon, 17.2 seconds on two runs; 2. Riley Pruitt, 17.8; 3. Timber Moore, 17.9; 4. Kelsey Garrison, 18.8; 5. Marcos Costa, 18.9; 6. Trell Etbauer, 19.0; 7. Blane Cox, 19.2; 8. (tie) J.D. Kibbe, Kody Mahaffey and L.D. Meier, 19.3; 11. Cimarron Boardman, 19.7; 12. Quay Howard, 20.8.

Barrel racing: First round leaders: 1. Loni Lester, 17.10 seconds; 2. Paige Willis, 17.15; 3. Emily Miller, 17.21; 4. Tara Large, 17.28; 5. Tamara Reinhardt, 17.29; 6. Ari-Anna Flynn, 17.32; 7. Jackie Ganter, 17.36; 8. (tie) Jana Griemsman and Tillar Murray, 17.40; 10. Nicole Laurence, 17.43. Second round leaders: 1. Tamara Reinhardt, 16.93 seconds; 2. Stevi Hillman, 17.02; 3. Mary Burger, 17.04; 4. Taylor Homuth, 17.16; 6. (tie) Ari-Anna Flynn and Jane Melby, 17.17; 8. Cayla Melby, 17.22; 9. (tie) Hailey Kinsel and Layna Kight, 17.25. Average leaders: 1. Tamara Reinhardt, 34.22 seconds on two runs; 2. Ari-Anna Fly, 34.49; 3. Mary Burger, 34.52; 4. Carley Richardson, 34.54; 5. Paige Willis, 34.60; 6. (tie) Cayla Melby and Tillar Murray, 34.68; 8. Loni Lester, 34.70; 9. Taylor Langdon, 34.73; 10. Jana Griemsman, 34.79; 11. (tie) Layna Kight and Carol Waters, 34.81.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Nate Perry, 85.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Boom Boom; 2. Jordan Spears, 84.5; 3. Brody Yeary, 84; 4. Tyler Smith, 83; 5. Jeff Askey, 82.5; 6. Cody Rostockyj, 82; 7. (tie) Joe Frost and Dalan Duncan, 81; 9. (tie) Rorey Maier and Ethan Lesiak, 80; 11. Rocky McDonald, 76.5; 12. Aaron Russell Williams, 76.

Courtesy of twisTEDrodeo.com