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Utah Cowboy Takes Lead in Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Steer Wrestling

by Susan Kanode
for the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 31, 2015) – Rodeo fans may not know who Baylor Roche is, but if he continues to do what he has done in the steer wrestling at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, that will soon change.

Roche is a two-time College National Finals Rodeo qualifier who was competing a lot in 2012 when he broke his ankle. After surgery, he came back after that entering rodeos in the Wilderness Circuit. He also worked and saved money so he could make a run for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

He did well enough at rodeos in Utah, Idaho and Nevada to qualify for the Wilderness Circuit Finals Championships last October. He left there with the championship and qualified for the upcoming RAM National Circuit Finals.

The first round of steer wrestling was completed here on Jan. 22 where Roche tied for second with a 4.1-second run and earned $3,854. He made his second appearance in the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum on Friday night and stopped the clock in 4.6 seconds. He has a total time of 8.7 and now has the overall lead, ahead of Dirk Tavenner from Rigby, Idaho who was 9.0 seconds on two runs.

“It would be awesome to win this rodeo,” Roche said. “It would be the biggest thing that has ever happened in my career and help me keep going and hopefully qualify for the Finals (Wrangler National Finals Rodeo). It’s been good for my confidence and I can’t wait for the next rodeo.”

Roche will be traveling from Fort Worth to Rapid City, S.D., then back here for the championship round on Feb. 7.

Friday afternoon was good for bull riders. Only three cowboys made a qualified ride—but all scored 82 points or better.

Casey Huckabee of Grand Saline, Texas, took the first-round lead with an 84-point ride on Big Rafter Rodeo’s Salty Dog. Another Texan, Reid Barker of Comfort, tallied 83 points on United Pro Rodeo’s Twin Towers to tie for second in the first round. Wyoming’s Clayton Savage scored 82 points on Rafter G’s Penn Transport, which put him fourth in round one.

Of those riders, only Savage was successful on Friday night. He scored 85 points on United Pro Rodeo’s Bet on Black and is at the top of the overall leaderboard with 167 points on two rides. Savage and his wife had a daughter ten months ago and that has changed his focus.

“It’s made a big difference,” he said. “I think about providing for my family now and I want what is best for them.”

Bret Stall took the lead in the second round with an 86-point ride on Friday night as well. Stall, from Detroit Lakes, Minn., was successful on the bull named Fargo from Dakota Rodeo.

The bareback riding here features three preliminary rounds of competition before the championships. Kash Wilson from Gooding, Idaho, had been in the overall lead since the first weekend, but that also changed on Friday. Tyler Nelson from Victor, Idaho, is now in first place with 238, just one point ahead of Wilson.

Competition at the World’s Original Indoor Rodeo® continues on Saturday, Jan. 31 with performances at 10 a.m., 2 and 7:30 p.m.

The following are unofficial results from the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

Eleventh Performance –

Bareback Riding: 1, Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho, 81 points on Big Rafter Rodeo’s Showtime. 2, (tie) Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., and Yance Day, Tahlequah, Okla., 77. 4, Brian Bain, Powell Butte, Ore., 76.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Jeffrey Talley, Keatchie, La., 5.7. 2, Todd Suhn, Hermosa, S.D., 6.2. 3, Eric Talley, Keatchie, La., 7.4. 4, Justin Blain Davis, Argyle, Texas, 11.6.

Team Roping: 1, (tie) David Key, Stephenville, Texas, and Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas, and Jake Barnes, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Junior Nogueira, Scottsdale, Ariz., 6.2 seconds. 3, John Rosanky, Temple, Texas, and Trey Carter III, Pasadena, Texas, 8.2. 4, Bobby Boyd, D.V.M., Midland, Texas and Byron Wilkerson, Duncan, Ariz., 13.1.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 78 points on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s Blue Duck. 2, Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D., 77. 3, Tab Hildreth, Gunnison, Colo., 75. 4, Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas, 74.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif., 8.7 seconds. 2, (tie) Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, and Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo., 9.9. 4, Colton Redmond, Wiggins, Miss., 14.6.

Barrel Racing: 1, Kelly Tovar, Rockdale, Texas, 16.75 seconds. Callie DuPerier, Boerne, Texas, 16.78. 3, Layna Kight, Ocala, Fla., 17.04. 4, Brittany Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif., 17.06.

Bull Riding: (three rides) 1, Casey Huckabee, Grand Saline, Texas, 84 points on Big Rafter Rodeo’s Salty Dog. 2, Reid Barker, Comfort, Texas, 83. 3, Clayton Savage, Yoder, Wyo., 82.

Twelfth Performance –

Bareback Riding: 1, Heath Ford, Slocum, Texas, on Dakota Rodeo’s Blue Sugar, and Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho, on Dakota Rodeo’s Crop Adjuster, and Yance Day, Tahlequah, Okla., on Dakota Rodeo’s Bartender, 79 points. 4, Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., 78.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Coleman Kohorst, Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, 4.2 seconds. 2, Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah, 4.6. 3, Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas, 5.7. 4, Billy Boldon, Oglala, S.D., 6.2.

Team Roping: 1, Cole Wheeler, Flint, Texas, and Matthew Ingle, Sulphur Springs, Texas, 5.7 seconds. 2, Justin Davis, Madisonville, Texas, and Allen Bach, Weatherford, Texas, 6.2. 3, David Key, Stephenville, Texas, and Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas, 10.8. 4m Jake Barnes and Junior Nogueira, Scottsdale, Ariz., 12.8.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Travis Sheets, Hyannis, Neb., 82 points on Dakota Rodeo’s 100 Proof. 2, Doug Aldridge, Carthage, Mo., 77. 3, CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah, 76. 4, (tie) Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, and Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D., 75.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Michael Perry, Bandera, Texas, 8.4 seconds. 2, Dane Kissack, Spearfish, S.D., 8.8. 3, Tim Pharr, Resaca, Ga., 12.1. 4, Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas, 13.0.

Barrel Racing: 1, Sabrina Ketcham, Yeso, N.M., 16.74 seconds. 2, Kenna Squires, Fredonia, Texas, 16.85. 3, Shelly Anzick, Livingston, Mont., 16.93. 4, Lacey Harmon, Bluff Dale, Texas, 17.08.

Bull Riding: (two rides) 1, Brett Stall, Detroit Lakes, Minn., 86 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Fargo. 2, Clayton Savage, Yoder, Wyo., 85.

Current Leaders –

Bareback Riding: (first round) 1, Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., 81 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Tooke’s Pride, 2, (tie) Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., and Brian Bain, Powell Butte, Ore., 80. 4, (tie) Kash Wilson, Gooding, Idaho, and Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., 79, 4. Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., 78. 6, (tie) Orin Larsen, Inglas, Manitoba, Canada, Craig Wisenhart, Kersey, Colo., and Ty Taypotat, Regina, Sask., Canada, 77. (second round) 1, Orin Larsen, Inglas, Manitoba, Canada, 82 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Phantom, 2, (tie) Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., Colin Adams, Deloraine, Manitoba, Canada, and Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho, 81. 5, Ty Taypotat, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, 80. 6, (tie) Seth Hardwick, Laramie, Wyo., and Kash Wilson, Gooding, Idaho, 79. (third round) 1, Jordan Pelton, Halliday, N.D., 83 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Night Jacket. 2, Jessy Davis, 80. 3, (tie) Kash Wilson, Ty Fast Taypotat, Heath Ford, Slocum, Texas, Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho, and Yance Day, Tahlequah, Okla., 79. (total on three) 1, Nelson, 238 points, 2, Wilson, 237 points. 2, Taypotat, 236. 3, Davis, and Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., 235. 6, Aus, 234.

Steer Wrestling: (second round) 1, Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, Idaho, 3.9 seconds. 2, Coleman Kohorst, Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, 4.2. 3, (tie) Paul Melvin, Paradise, Texas, and Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss., 4.3 seconds. 5, (tie) John Gee, Stanford, Mont., and Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 4.5. 4.7. (total on two) 1, Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah, 8.7 seconds. 2, Tavenner, 9.0. 3, (tie) Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark., and Tyler Pearson, 9.5 seconds. 5, Gary Gilbert, New Underwood, S.D., 10.3. 6, Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., 10.7.

Team Roping: (first round) 1, Chase Wiley, Charlotte, Texas, and Ace Pearce, Washington, Texas, 5.6 seconds. 2, Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla., and Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 6.0. 3, (tie) David Key and Martin, Lucero, Stephenville, Texas, and Jake Barnes and Junior Nogueira, Scottsdale, Ariz., 6.2. 5, Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, and Mickey Gomez, Holland, Texas, 6.5. 6, (tie) Kelsey Parchman, Cumberland City, Tenn., and Walt Woodard, Stephenville, Texas; and Brandon Webb, Carrizo Springs, Texas, and Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga., 6.6. (second round) 1, Logan Olson, Flandreau, S.D., and Travis Woodard, Stockton, Calif., 5.3. 2, Drew Horner, Plano, Texas, and Wesley Johnson, Log Cabin, La., 5.6. 3, Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, and Mickey Gomez, Holland, Texas, Cole Wheeler, Flint, Texas, and Matthew Ingle, Sulphur Springs, Texas, 5.7. 5, Cole Morgan, Ada, Okla., and Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla., 5.8. 6, Blaine Vick, Dublin, Texas, and Twister Cain, Gonzales, Texas, 6.1. (total on two) 1, Smidt and Gomez, 12.2 seconds. 2, Olsen and Woodard, 12.3 seconds. 3, Wiley and Pearce, 12.5. 4, Proctor and Long, 13.1. 5, Key and Lucero, 17.0. 6, (tie) Gourneau and Talsma, and Barnes and Nogiera, 19.0.

Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round) 1, Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 86 on Dakota Rodeo’s Calamity Jane. 2, Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D., 85. 3, Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah, 81. 4, Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla., 80. 5, Andy Clarys, Riverton, Wyo., 79. 6, Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 78. (second round) 1, Joe Lufkin, on Pickett Rodeo’s Shifter Extender and Travis Sheets, Hyannis, Neb., on Dakota Rodeo’s 100 Proof, 82 points. 3, (tie) Colton Miller, Lance Creek, Wyo., and Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 81. 5, (tie) Ryan Mackenzie, Homedale, Idaho, and Ryan Bestol, Hyannis, Neb., 78. (total on two) 1, Lufkin, 162 points. 2, Spencer Wright, 161. 3, Miller, Rusty Wright, and Cody DeMoss, 157. 6, Mackenzie, 155.

Tie-Down Roping: (second round) 1, Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas, 8.1 seconds. 2, Michael Perry, Bandera, Texas, 8.4. 3, (tie) Joe Keating, Sour Lake, Texas, Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif., and Dane Kissack, Spearfish, S.D., 8.7. 6, Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., 9.1 (total on two) 1, Sterling Smith, 18.0. 2, Monty Lewis, Hereford, Texas 19.1. 3, Jeff Chapman, Sepastapol, Miss., 19.4. 4, Jordan Ketscher, 19.8. 5, Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo., 20.4. 6, Dane Kissack, 20.5.

Barrel Racing: (first round) 1, Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas, 16.62 seconds. 2, (tie) Alexa Lake, Richmond, Texas, and Deb Guelly, Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, 16.67 seconds. 4, Sabrina Ketcham, Yeso, N.M., 16.74. 5, (tie) Shelby Herrmann, Stephenville, Texas, Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, and Kelly Tover, Rockdale, 16.75.

Bull Riding: (first round) 1, Casey Huckabee, Grand Saline, Texas, 84 points on Big Rafter Rodeo’s Salty Dog. 2, (tie) Rylan Wright, Heber City, Utah, and Reid Barker, Comfort, Texas, 83. 4, Clayton Savage, Yoder, Wyo., 82.5, Jordan Hansen, Okotoks, Alberta, 81. 6, (tie) John Jacobs, Little Eagle, S.D., and Steve Woolsey, Payson, Utah, 80. (second round) 1, Brett Stall, Detroit Lakes, Minn., 86 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Fargo. 2, John Jacobs, Little Eagle, S.D., and Clayton Savage, Yoder, Wyo., 85. 4, Proctor, 83. 5, Kastner, 82. 6, (tie) Quentin Vaught, Crain, Mo.; Trent Jacobson, Irwin, Idaho; and Steve Woolsey; 80. (total on two) 1, Savage, 167. 2, Jacobs, 165. 3, Proctor, 162. 4, Woolsey, 160. 5, Kastner, 150. 65, Creswell, 149.

Courtesy of PRCA