By Susan Kanode
For the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Steer wrestler Jason Thomas has already won more money at the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo than he has in the 2016 rodeo season.
Thomas, from Benton, Ark., is currently 7th in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings. The regular season started last October and he has season earnings of $11,587 so far. That was until he competed at the San Antonio Rodeo.
Thomas competed in the fourth bracket here and it didn’t start off so well for the former National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association champion. He didn’t give the steer the required head start and added a 10-second penalty to his already long time of 17.3 seconds. He came back in round two and won it with a 4.8. Then he won round three with a 4.1. That put him second place in the money standings with a total of $4,562 in his bracket and advanced him to the semifinals.
Semifinals 1 saw him placing second in the first round and winning the second with a 4.3-second run. Thomas earned checks of $3,208 and $4,277 respectively. Thomas has won $12,047 here so far and now has a chance to compete for an additional $14,447 in the finals.
Thomas could be headed for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo thanks in part to the money he has won here. There is only one contestant that has won more money than the steer wrestler. Bull rider Sage Kimzey made his second consecutive victory lap around the AT&T Center on Wednesday night after scoring 86 points on D&H Cattle Company’s Hi Razor.
Kimzey, the reigning world champion, has won $12,261 and has the opportunity to add to that substantially. Not only will he compete in Saturday night’s championship finals, he will also compete Saturday afternoon in the Xtreme Bulls, the richest event on the tour.
Semifinals 2 starts on Thursday night at 7 p.m., with 10 more contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, women’s barrel racing and bull riding hoping to earn enough money to advance to the finals.
The following are results from the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo which features over $1.65 million in cash and prizes.
Semifinals 1, round 1 followed by Finals qualifiers (17th performance)
Bareback Riding: 1, Jake Brown, Hillsboro, Texas, 85 points on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Hot Valley. 2, Kyle Brennecke, Stephenville, Texas, 81, $3,208. 3, Tye Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 79, $2,139. 4, R.C. Landingham, Paso Robles, Calif., 78, $1,069. (Finals qualifiers) 1, Brown, $8,697. 2, Landingham, $7,627. 3, Kody Lamb, Sherwood Park, Alberta, $6,665. 4, Brennecke, $6,344. 5, Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif., $6,095.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark., 4.3 seconds, $4,277. 2, J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn., 4.4, $3,208. 3, Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., 4.6, $2,139. 4, Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 4.7, $1,069. (Finals qualifiers) 1, Thomas, $12,047. 2, Struxness, $6,629. 3, Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D., $6,558. 4, Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La., $6,130. 5, Erickson, $4,348.
Team Roping: 1, Justin Davis, Madisonville, Texas, and J.W. Beck, Moville, Iowa, 5.0 seconds, $4,277. 2, Brady Tryan, Huntley, Mont., and Tanner Luttrell, Oroville, Calif., 6.1, $3,208. 3, JoJo Lemond, Andrews, Texas, and Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M., 9.4, $2,139. 4, Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz., and Chase Hansen, Homedale, Idaho, 9.5, $1,069. (Finals qualifiers) 1, Davis and Beck, $11,405. 2, Lemond and Cooper, $8,198. 3, Tsinigine and Hansen, $6,629. 4, Tryan and Luttrell, $6,629. 5, Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta and Jeremy Buhler, Abbotsford, British Columbia, $4,491.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah, 83 points on Kelser Champiohsip Rodeo’s Journal Keeper, $4,277. 2, Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta, 82, $3,208. 3, Jake Watson, Hudson Hope, British Columbia, 80, $2,138. 4, Ben Londo, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 76, $1,069. (Finals qualifiers) 1, Watson, $10,692. 2, Boore, $8,269. 3, Green, $7,200. 4, Tyrel Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, $6,380. 5, Jake Wright, $5,703.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, 7.1 seconds, $4,277. 2, Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif., 7.2, $3,208. 3, Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas, 8.5, $2,139. 4, Blair Burk, Durant, Okla., 8.8, $1,069. (Finals qualifiers) 1, Reimer, $9,409. 2, Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., $7,128. 3, Smidt, $6,558. , (tie) Ketscher and Braxton Laughlin, Westlake, La., $5,489 each.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, (tie) Kimmie Wall, Roosevelt, Utah and Cassidy Kruse, Gillette, Wyo., 13.97 seconds and $3,742 each. 3, (tie) Sammi Bessert, Grand Junction, Colo., and Shelby Herrmann, Stephenville, Texas, 14.04, $1,604. (Finals qualifiers) 1, Wall, $10,942. 2, Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo., $9,409. 3, Bessert, $6,629. 4, Kruse, $6,309. 4, Kelly Tovar, Rockdale, Texas, $3,992.
Bull Riding: (two rides) 1, Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 86 points on D & H Cattle Company’s Hi Razor, $4,277. 2, Pistol Robinson, Coolidge, Texas, 85, $3,208. (Finals qualifiers) 1, Kimzey, $12,261. 2, Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas, $5,489. 3, Robinson, $4,918. 4, Jacob O’Mara, Baton Rouge, La., $4,562. 5, Ty Pozzobon, Merritt, British Columbia, $3,992.
Courtesy of PRCA