by Susan Kanode
for the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
FORT WORTH, Texas — Clay Smith and Paul Eaves are continuing their winning ways at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.
They started roping together less than a year ago and qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) last December where they each earned nearly $45,000. Momentum has been on their side. Just last week, they won the championship and together got checks for over $14,000 at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo in Denver.
On Sunday afternoon, with Smith from Broken Bow, Okla., doing the heading and Eaves, from Lonedell, Mo., heeling, they stopped the clock in 3.9 seconds. This is the fastest run at the rodeo so far. Not only did it take the lead in the second round, it put them in command of the overall standings. It also tied the arena record set by Clay Tryan and Patrick Smith in 2007.
Smith and Eaves have a total time of 9.4 seconds on two runs. Eaves is currently second in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings and Smith is in third. While it is still early in the season, winning at the big winter rodeos (Denver, Fort Worth and San Antonio) can set a contestant up for an NFR qualification and the opportunity to compete for a world title.
They are nearly assured a high spot coming back for the championship finals and if they rope well enough to earn the title it will be the second for Eaves. In 2010, he did the heeling for Joel Bach who was living nearby in Parker County at the time. It would be the biggest rodeo title won by Smith, and Eaves would go down in the record books as a two-time winner.
The team ropers in second and third places in the overall standings were actually competing in the same performances as Smith and Eaves. Former world champion header Chad Masters from Cedar Hill, Tenn., and his partner Travis Graves from Jay, Okla., have a total time of 9.8 seconds. The new pairing of Luke Brown from Stephenville, Texas, and Jake Long from Coffeyville, Kan., are third with 9.9.
There is a new overall leader in steer wrestling after Brother Loud from Kaufman, Texas, stopped the clock in 5.2 seconds. He tied for fifth place in the first round with a time of 4.4. That earned him nearly $2,500. Now, he has a total of 9.6 seconds on two and is in contention for the title.
Trent Jacobsen from Irwin, Idaho, now has the highest marked bull ride of the rodeo so far. He rode Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Amplified Howdy for 88 points. Clayton Savage, from Yoder, Wyo., was right behind him with an 87.5-point ride on another bull from Pickett’s named Relentless. They were the only two successful bull riders on Sunday night and now lead the first round. They will have their second round competition at Monday’s matinee performance.
The World’s Original Indoor Rodeo continues Monday with performances at 2 and 7:30 p.m. in Fort Worth’s historic Will Rogers Coliseum.
The following are unofficial results from Sunday’s performances of the World’s Oldest Indoor Rodeo® at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, January 31, 2016.
Bareback Riding: 1, Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 77.5 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Bell Ringer. 2, Blade Elliott, Centreville, Ala., 76.5. 3, Evan Jayne, Marseille, France, 74. 4, Jesse Anderson, Lake Charles, La., 67.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Tooter Silver, Quitman, Ark., 5.9 seconds. 2, Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan., 6.6. 3, Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla., 8.0. 4, Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb., 14.7.
Team Roping: 1, Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., and Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo., 3.9 seconds. 2, Garrett Tonozzi, Fruita, Colo., and Bret Tonozzi, Loma, Colo., 4.5. 3, Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn., and Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 4.6. 4, (tie) Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas, and Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.; Aaron Macy, Post, Texas and Cody Hogan, Pelican, La., and Tyler Waters, Stephenville, Texas, and Jake Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., 5.0.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 81.5 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Bullet Proof. 2, Tyrel Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 80.5. 3, Cody Martin, Pleasant Hope, Mo., 79.5. 4, Wacey Hathcock, Sulphur Springs, Texas, 76.5.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Clint Kindred, Oral, S.D., 11.2 seconds. 2, Taylor Santos, Creston, Calif., 11.8. 3, Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla., 12.1. 4, Bob Loosenort, Hazel, Ky., 14.1.
Barrel Racing: 1, Taylor Jacob, Carmine, Texas, 16.82 seconds. 2, Abby Pensen, Blossom, Texas, 16.86. 3, Jackie Ganter, Abilene, Texas, 16.90. 4, Angie Meadors, Blanchard, Okla., 17.02.
Bull Riding: 1, (tie) Jordan Sammons, Splendora, Texas, on J Bar J Rodeo’s Punch, and Luke Haught, Weatherford, Texas, on J Bar J’s Little Casino, 83 points each. 3, Aaron Russell, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 80. 4, Braden Richardson, Jasper, Texas, 64.
Bareback Riding: 1, Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 86 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Freckled Frog. 2, Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La., 83.5. 3, Evan Jayne, Marseille, France, 81. 4, Cody Joe Ziober, Huntsville, Texas, 73.5.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Chance Campbell, Sinton, Texas, 4.2 seconds. 2, Brother Loud, Kaufman, Texas, 5.2. 3, Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark., 5.8. 4, Sam Williams, Wimberly, Texas, 28.1.
Team Roping: (three times) 1, Kelsey Parchman, Cumberland City, Tenn., and Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb., 4.8 seconds. 2, Casey Gattis, Junction, Texas, and Kirt Jones, Hobbs, N.M., 5.4. 3, Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss., and Zack Mabry, Piedmont, Ala., 14.6.
Saddle Bronc Riding: (three rides) Trayson Antonick, Overton, Texas, 72.5 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Real Fancy. 2, (tie) Toby Collins, Stephenville, Texas, and Taygen Schuelke, Newell, S.D., 66.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Ryan Watkins, Morgan Mill, Texas, 9.2 seconds. 2, Cody McCartney, Ottawa Lake, Mich., 9.9. 3, Doug Pharr, Mt. Calm, Texas, 14.1. 4, Dillion Holder, Eugene, Mo., 16.7.
Barrel Racing: 1, Callahan Crossley, Hermiston, Ore., 16.8. 2, Andrea Busby, Brock, Texas, 16.87. 3, Kelly Clifton, Stephenville, Texas, 17.07. 4, Calyssa Thomas, Harrold, S.D., 17.11.
Bull Riding: (two rides) 1, Trent Jacobson, Irwin, Idaho, 88 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Amplified Howdy. 2, Clayton Savage, Yoder, Wyo., 87.5.
Bareback Riding: (first round) 1, Jake Brown, Hillsboro, Texas, 86 points on Andrews Pro Rodeo’s Gypsy Rose. 2, Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 83. 3, Mason Clements, Sandy Utah, 82.5. 4, Ty Fast Taypotat, Regina, Sask., 82. 5, Cody Kiser, Carson City, Nev., 80. 6, Justin Pollmiller, Weatherford, Okla., 79. (second round leaders) 1, Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 86 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Freckled Frog. 2, Jake Brown, 84. 3, (tie) Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., and Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La., 83.5. 5, Evan Jayne, Marseille, France, 81. 6, (tie) Tyler Scales, Severance, Wyo., and Devan Reilly, Sheridan, Wyo., 80. (third round leaders) 1, Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas, 84.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Bunny Girl. 2, Mason Clements, 80. 3, Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., 79.5. 4, (tie) J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., and Wyatt Maines, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, 79. 6, Kyle Charley, Lukachukai, Ariz., 78.5 (total on three) 1, Mason Clements, 241.5. 2, (tie) Devan Reilly, Bill Tutor, Justin Pollmiller, 230. 5, Tanner Aus, 228.5. 6, Ty Fast Taypotat, 227.5.
Steer Wrestling: (second round) 1, Sterling Lambert, Fallon, Nev., 4.0 seconds. 2, Chance Campbell, Sinton, Texas, 4.2. 3, Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D., 4.3. 4, (tie) Cole Fulton, Miller, S.D., and Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., 4.4. 6, (tie) Clayton Tuchscherer, Dona Ana, N.M.; Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D., and Taz Olson, Prairie City, S.D., 4.5. (total on two) 1, Jake Rinehart, 9.8 seconds. 2, Joe Buffington, Wheatland, Wyo., 10.1. 3, Ty Erickson, 10.4. 4, Clayton Tuchscherer, 10.8 seconds. 5, Timmy Sparing, Helena, Mont., 10.9. 6, Wade Sumpter, Fowler, Colo., 11.2.
Team Roping: (first round) 1, (tie) Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, and B.J. Dugger, Three Rivers, Texas; Kolton Schmidt, Barrhead, Alberta, and Shay Carroll, Prineville, Ore., and Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas, and Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla., 4.5 seconds. 4, Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga., and Junior Nogueira, Scottsdale, Ariz., 4.6. 5, (tie) Nathan McWhorter, Telephone, Texas, and Dustin Davis, Terrell, Texas, and JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas, and Jim Ross Cooper, Stephenville, Texas, 4.7. (second round) 1, Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., and Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo., 3.9 seconds. 2, Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, and Cole Davison, Roosevelt, Utah, 4.0. 3, (tie) Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz., and Quinn Kesler, Holden, Utah, and Bull Austin, East Bernard, Texas, and Dee Rampey, Bertram, Texas, 4.2. 5, Garrett Tonozzi, Fruita, Colo., and Bret Tonozzi, Loma, Colo., 4.5. 6, (tie) Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla., and Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan., and Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn., and Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 4.6. (total on two) 1, Clay Smith and Paul Eaves, 9.4 seconds. 2, Chad Masters and Travis Graves, 9.8. 3, Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas, and Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 9.9. 4, Blaine Vick, Dublin, Texas, and Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas, 10.1. 5, Matt Sherwood and Quinn Kesler 10.5. 6, Coleman Proctor and Buddy Hawkins II, 10.6.
Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round) 1, Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, 84 points on Western Rodeo’s Jet Liner. 2, Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D., 83.5. 3, Joe Harper, Paradise Valley, Nev., 82.5. 4, Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 82. 5, (tie) Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta, and Joey Sonnier III, New Iberia, La., 81. (second round) 1, Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., 83.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Covergirl. 2, Alex Wright, Milford, Utah, 83. 3, Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, 82.5. 4, (tie) Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas; Bradley Harter, Loranger, La., and Cooper DeWitt, Rio Rico, Ariz., 82. (total on two) 1, Jake Wright, 168.5. 2, Cort Scheer, 164. 3, Taos Muncy, 163.5. 4, Joey Sonnier III, 162. 5, Alex Wright, 161. 6, Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 160.5. 6, Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D., 159.5.
Tie-Down Roping: (second round) 1, Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., 10.3 seconds. 2, (tie) Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla., and Clayton Collmorgan, Lufkin, Texas, 8.6. 4, Michael Akins, Whitesboro, Texas, 8.7. 5, (tie) J.D. McCuistion, Collinsville, Texas, and Bradley Bynum, Big Lake, Texas, 9.0. (total on two) 1, Justin Macha, 17.8. 2 ,(tie) Ryle Smith and Reese Reimer, Stinnett, Texas, 18.1. 4, Jerrad Hofstetter, Shallow Water, Texas, 18.2. 5, Bradley Bynum, 18.4. 6, (tie) Clint Singleton, Comfort, Texas, and Cody McCartney, Ottawa Lake, Mich., 18.5.
Barrel Racing: (first round) 1, Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, 16.58 seconds. 2, (tie) Kelly Tovar, Rockdale, Texas, and Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas, 16.60 seconds. 4, Shelly Anzick, Shepherd, Mont., 16.69. 6, Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga., 16.71. 6, (tie) Tiany Schuster, Krum, Texas, and Clay Sewalt, Del Rio, Texas, 16.75.
Bull Riding: (first round) 1, Trent Jacobson, Irwin, Idaho, 88 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Amplified Howdy. 2, Clayton Savage, Yoder, Wyo., 87.5. 3, (tie) Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo.; Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., and Kody DeShon, Helena, Mont., 85.5. 6, (tie) Lane Selz, Bakersfield, Calif.; Ednei Caminhas, Denton, Texas, and Tyler Bingham, Honeyville, Utah, 83.5. (second round) 1, (tie) Tate Stratton, Kellyville, Okla., on Rafter G Rodeo’s Thunderstruck and Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla., on Rafter G’s Raptor, 85.5. 3, Ednei Caminhas, Denton, Texas, 85. 4, Eli Vastbinder, Statesville, N.C., 84.5. 5, (tie) Cody Rostockyj, Lorena, Texas; Jordan Sammons, Splendora, Texas, and Luke Haught, Weatherford, Texas, 83. (total on two) 1, Ednei Caminhas, 168.5 points. 2, Trevor Kastner, 164. 3, (tie) Tyler Bingham and Kody DeShon, 161. 5, Jordan Sammons, 159.5. 6, Riker Carter, Stone, Idaho, 159.
Courtesy of PRCA