by Jim Bainbridge | Aug 11, 2016
By Ruth Nicolaus/for the Inter-State Rodeo committee
COFFEYVILLE, Kan. — Kobyn Williams had a game plan when coming into the Inter-State Rodeo August 11.
The Texas saddle bronc rider had studied the horse he had drawn, Cosmo, from the New Frontier Rodeo string, and knew what he needed to do. “I did a little homework on (the horse), and a bunch of guys kept saying they got ripped (pulled) over the front (of the horse). So I gave him quite a bit more rein than what they were saying, and it was definitely a fight from the start to the finish.”
The seven-year-old bay roan gelding wasn’t easy to ride.
“He had me, about the second jump,” Williams said. “I know I was not in my saddle, whatsoever, and I just kind of scratched back into it, and everything worked from there on.”
The 28 year old cowboy may be in the same situation he was two years ago. He was the high score after two performances, but ended up finishing in third place. “When I left (the rodeo in 2014), I was leading the bronc riding. And I got bumped a few places. But I’ll take it any day.”
Williams is traveling with fellow saddle bronc rider Cody Anthony of Monahans, Texas. The two Texas Circuit cowboys competed in Crossett, Ark. yesterday, and Coffeyville tonight, before moving on to Lawton, Oklahoma tomorrow, and then Lovington, N.M.
“It’s set up real nice for us,” Williams said. “We’re just making a big circle.”
Anthony is leading the saddle bronc riding at the Crossett rodeo, which ends August 13, and in Coffeyville, he is in second place so far, behind Williams. “It looks really good for our crew right now,” Williams said. “We’ll take it any day.”
Other fast times and high scores from the second night of the Inter-State Rodeo include bareback rider Anthony Thomas, Kimberly, Australia (78 points), steer wrestler Josh Clark, Belgrade, Mont. (4.1 seconds), tie-down roper Dave Corcoran, Earlville, Ill. (10.7 seconds), team ropers Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla. and Clint Summers, Lake City, Fla. (9.6 seconds); steer roper Guy Allen, Santa Anna, Texas (11.8 seconds); and barrel racer Molly Steffen, Hico, Texas (17.70 seconds). No bull riders made a qualified ride.
Beef dominate the show ring for tomorrow’s livestock shows. The bucket calf show begins at 8 a.m., followed by the beef breeding, market steers, and showmanship shows. Tomorrow night’s rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range in price from $15 to $30 and are available online at FairandRodeo.com or at the gate. For more information and a complete schedule, visit the website.
Courtesy of PRCA