by Jim Bainbridge | Aug 15, 2014
By Ruth Nicolaus/for the Inter-State Rodeo
COFFEYVILLE, Kan. – A Texas cowboy took over the lead in the saddle bronc riding at the third of four performances of the Inter-State Rodeo on Aug. 15.
Kobyn Williams, De Berry, Texas, rode the Beutler and Son Rodeo Company horse Painted Desert for 80 points to jump to a four-point lead over the number two man, Dean Wadsworth, Ozona, Texas, who also rode tonight.
Williams delighted the crowd with some fancy fake gun-slinging after he dismounted from Painted Desert. He knew his ride had gone well.
“I got tapped off on her,” Williams said, “and it just seemed like the farther it got, the better I was riding. I really finished my ride more aggressively, and it’s just one of those good feelings.”
The 26 year old cowboy, ranked eighth in the Texas Circuit, has already secured a qualification to the RAM Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo, which takes some pressure off him.
“I’ve got the Circuit Finals made,” Williams said, “and I don’t think there’s any way I can get bumped out which is awesome. I don’t have that much pressure on me, trying to make (the finals), so I get to have a little bit more fun.”
Riding saddle broncs keeps him from going crazy, he says. “I think I’d be lost without bronc riding. I think I’d just go insane if I couldn’t get on a bronc.”
He and fellow saddle bronc rider Tol Cawley, Crockett, Texas, started a custom fencing business last year, Circle T Fencing, which enables the cowboys to set their own schedules and rodeo when they want to. After the Aug. 15 ride in Coffeyville, Kobyn and his traveling partners will ride in Freedom, Okla. tomorrow night, Denton, Texas on Sunday, and then it’s back to the fence line.
Fast times and high scores in the other events on Friday night were provided by bareback rider Bee Jay Scott, Otley, Iowa. (81); steer wrestler Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan. (4.0 seconds); tie-down roper Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb. (9.6); team ropers Adam Rose, Willard, Mo. and Billie Saebens, Nowata, Okla. (5.1); steer roper C.A. Lauer, Buffalo, Okla. (22.2); barrel racer Stacey Bailey, Weatherford, Okla. (18.17) and bull rider Lane Wilhelm, Elk City, Okla. (75).
The final night of rodeo takes place August 16 at 7:30 p.m., along with the last day of the fair. Tickets for the rodeo range from $10-$30 and are available online at FairandRodeo.com or by calling 1.800.952.FAIR.
Courtesy of PRCA