By Susan Kanode
FORT WORTH, Texas – Monday night was one for the record books at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo (FWSSR).
The excitement started when World War II hero and Iwo Jima survivor Don Graves belted out the Star Bangled Banner in front of an appreciative crowd. In his 90s now, he started his rendition by announcing “God Bless America,” and asked the fans to sing along for Military Appreciation Day. That set the stage for announcers Doug Mathis and Bob Tallman to recognize veterans from every branch of the service before the action in the arena started.
The final bracket of the FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament kicked off with an exciting round of bareback riding dominated by Canadians. In fact, the top four places were taken by residents of Alberta.
In first place was Spur Lacasse, a second-generation bareback rider who lives in Calgary. Lacasse rode Big Rafter Rodeo’s horse named Mrs. Julian for 87 points and the round win. He will start Tuesday’s competition with $1,760 in earnings.
Right behind him was Cole Goodine of Carbon with an 85.5. Goodine added $1,320 to his checking account. Third place was a tie between Kody Lamb of Sherwood park and Pascal Isabel from Okotoks. Each scored 84 points to win $660.
Dawson Hay, from Wildwood, Alberta took the top spot in saddle bronc riding as well. Hay is another second-generation contestant that is coming off his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification. Hay was 87 points on Big Rafter Rodeo’s Meat Cracker to win $1,760.
There was only one bull rider successful on Monday night. The honors went to Australia. Ky Hamilton from Mackay, Queensland, rode Four Star Rodeo’s bull named Kermit for 85.5 points. As the only successful contestant, he got all of the $4,400 purse. With that paycheck, he is assured a spot in the upcoming semi-finals. Mackay is currently sixth in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings. If he remains in the top 15 through the rest of the season, he will be the first Australian bull rioder to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo since Greg Potter in 2003.
The following are unofficial results from the thirteenth performance of the FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, Monday, February 3, 2020.
Bareback riding: 1, Spur Lacasse, Calgary, Alberta, 87 points on Big Rafter Rodeo’s Mrs. Julian, $1,760. 2, Cole Goodine, Carbon, Alberta, 85.5, $1,320. 3, (tie) Pascal Isabelle, Okotoks, Alberta, and Kody Lamb, Sherwood Park, Alberta, 84, $660 each.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Shane Frey, Duncan, Okla., 4.0 seconds, $1,760. 2, Bridger Chambers, Stevensville, Mont., 4.5, $1,320. 3, Mose Fleming, Kissimmee, Fla., 8.1, $880. 4, Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., 8.9, $440.
Breakaway Roping: 1, Rylee Potter, Weiser, Idaho, 2.7 seconds, $1,760. 2, Cadee Williams, Weatherford, Texas, $1,320. 3, Janey Reeves, Melba, Idaho, 3.0, $880. 4, Abigayle Hampton, Commerce, Texas, 3.1, $440.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Dawson Hay, Wildwood, Alberta, 87 points on Big Rafter Rodeo’s Meat Cracker, $1,760. 2, Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo., 86.5, $1,320. 3, Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 84, $880. 4, Leon Fountain, Socorro, N.M., 79, $440.
Tie-down Roping: 1, Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 8.0 seconds, $1,760. 2, Shad Mayfield, Clovis, N.M., 8.3, $1,320. 3, Kyle Dutton, Mesilla Park, N.M., 8.7, $880. 4, Dane Kissack, Spearfish, S.D., 9.1, $440.
Team Roping: 1, Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz., and Paden Bray, Stephenville, Texas, 5.1 seconds, $1,760 each. 2, Quinn Kesler, Holden, Utah, and Colby Siddoway, Honeyville, Utah, 5.5, $1,320 each. 3, Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas, and Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla., 5.8, $880 each. 4, Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz., and Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 6.0, $440 each.
Barrel Racing: 1, Ivy Conrado-Saebens, Nowata, Okla., 16.55 seconds, $1,760. 2, Lacinda Rose, Willard, Mo., 16.63, $1,320. 3, Sarah Kieckhefer, Prescott, Ariz., 16.72, $880. 4, Kelly Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 16.85, $440.
Bull Riding: (one ride) 1, Ky Hamilton, Mackay, Queensland, Australia, 85.5 points on Four Star Rodeo’s Kermit, $4,400.