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Ropers Snare Short-Round Spot

Cody Snow, right, and Wesley Thorp secured their spot in Sunday’s championship round with their 6.1-second run during Friday’s third performance of the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.
(PHOTO BY DAVID SEYMORE)

DODGE CITY, Kan. – In six years of roping together, Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp have had tremendous success.

They made the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with different partners, then began roping together the next season. They haven’t missed an WNFR since, and they’re level of consistency has shown over time. Here’s this, though: Snow is just 25; and Thorp is 26.

They’re still young in this man’s game, but they’re seasoned veterans. They proved it during Friday’s third performance of the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, moving into second place in team roping with one preliminary performance remaining before Sunday’s championship round.

After a lightning quick 5.1-second run during their first round Friday morning – which moved them into second place in the opening round – they stopped the clock in 6.1 seconds in their second round run Friday night.

As they await Saturday’s final day of preliminary competition, they trail the tandem of Clay Smith and Jake Long by two-tenths of a second and are a virtual lock to rope for the championship during Sunday’s final night in the biggest rodeo in Kansas.

Snow and Thorp were a bright spot in a tough night of team roping. They were the only one of 10 teams to not suffer a penalty or be saddled with a no-time. But it wasn’t without drama for the 2019 WNFR average champions.

Headers try to secure a slick-horned catch to help set up the steers for their heelers, but Snow’s loop slipped over the nose. That type of catch can be troublesome for some heelers, but Thorp secured the two back legs in his trap and stopped the clock.

In that magical WNFR run three seasons ago, Snow and Thorp had the best 10-run cumulative time of all the top 15 teams in the PRCA that season, but they didn’t finish the same in the world standings. In rodeo, dollars equal points, and the contestants in each event with the most money won at end of the season are crowned world champions.

That year, Smith won the heading world title and Snow settled for second, but Thorp claimed the Montana Silversmiths gold buckle.

Now, he’d like to add that prestigious Dodge City Roundup buckle to his collection.


Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
Dodge City, Kan.
Aug. 3-7, 2022

Bareback riding leaders: 1. Tim O’Connell, 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s High Heels; 2. (tie) Wyatt Denny and Garrett Shadbolt, 86.5; 4. (tie) Jess Pope and Ty Pope, 85.5; 6. Seth Hardwick, 84.5; 7. Lane McGehee, 84; 8. Will Lowe, 83; 9. Anthony Thomas, 82.5; 10. Jayco Roper, 81; 11. Mark Kreder, 75; 12. A.J. Ruth, 72.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Bryton Edmundson, 3.9 seconds; 2. Landris White, 4.0; 3. Timmy Sparing, 4.1; 4. (tie) Stetson Jorgensen, E.J. Joos and Slammer Powers, 4.2; 7. Jule Hazen, 4.3; 8. (tie) Grady Payne and Travis Munro, 4.4; 8. (tie) Jace Melvin and Stephen Culling, 4.5. Second round leaders: 1. Cody Devers, 3.5 seconds; 2. Bridger Anderson, 3.6; 3. Dakota Eldridge, 3.7; 4. Tristan Martin, 3.8; 5. Ryan Shuckburgh, 4.0; 6. Dalton Massey, 4.1; 7. (tie) Timmy Sparing and Rowdy Parrott, 4.2. Average leaders: 1. Timmy Sparing, 8.3 seconds on two runs; 2. Landris White, 8.4; 3. Bryton Edmundson, 8.7; 4. (tie) Stetson Jorgensen, Stephen Culling and Slammer Powers, 8.8; 7. (tie) Cody Devers and Rowdy Parrott, 9.0; 9. Jace Melvin, 9.2; 10. Dylan Schroeder, 9.3; 11. (tie) Gavin Soileau and Bridger Anderson, 9.5.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Clay Smith/Jake Long, 4.9 seconds; 2. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 5.1; 3. (tie) Paul David Tierney/Tanner Braden and Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 5.4; 5. Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 5.5; 6. (tie)Chad Masters/Paul Eaves and Marcus Theriot/Cole Curry, 5.6; 8. (tie) Bubba Buckaloo/Joseph Harrison and Wyatt Imus/Brushton Minton, 5.8. Second round leaders: 1. Derrick Begay/Colter Todd, 4.6 seconds; 2. Trent Vaught/Jace McDaniel, 4.8; 3. Logan Graham/Whitney DeSalvo, 5.1; 4. (tie) Tanner James/Max Kuttler and Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 5.3; 6. (tie) Clay Smith/Jake Long and Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 6.1; 8. Quinn Kesler/Caleb Hendrix, 6.5. Average leaders: 1. Clay Smith/Jake Long, 11.0 seconds on two runs; 2. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 11.2; 3. Quinn Kesler/Caleb Hendrix, 12.5; 4. Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 12.6; 5. Tyler Hobert/Chase Boekhaus, 16.2; 6. J.D. Yates/Marcus Banister, 16.4; 7. Wyatt Bray/Trevor Nowlin, 18.8; 8. Ryan VonAhh/Kollin VonAahn, 19.3; 9. Nelson Wyatt/Tyler Worley, 21.3; 10. Nick Sartain/Austin Rogers, 23.1; 11. Derrick Begay/Colter Todd, 4.6 seconds on one run; 12. Trent Vaught/Jace McDaniel, 4.8.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Riggin Smith, 85.5 points on Championship Pro Rodeo’s Michael; 2. (tie) Lefty Homan and Wade Sundell, 83.5; 4. Shorty Garrett, 83; 5. Logan Cook, 82.5; 6. (tie) Wyatt Casper, Isaac Diaz and Cable James Wareham, 82; 9. (tie) Sterling Crawley and Jake Burwash, 81; 11. Q Taylor, 81; 12. Will Pollock, 80.5.

Breakaway roping leaders: 1. Bradi Good, 2.6 seconds; 2. Loni Lester, 3.0; 3. Mable McAbee, 3.1; 4. Winter Williams, 3.3; 5. Lari Dee Guy, 3.4; 6. (tie) Rylea Fabrizio and Micah Samples, 3.5; 8. Tamara Tunink, 3.7; 9. (tie) Morgan Kessler and Sawyer Gilbert, 3.8; 11. (tie) KeAnn Hays and Tia Wallace, 4.0.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Cory Solomon, 8.3 seconds; 2. Chance Thiessen, 8.5; 3. Kincade Henry, 8.7; 4. Westyn Hughes, 8.8; 5. Blake Chauvin, 9.3; 6. Marty Yates, 9.4; 7. Tyson Durfey, 9.7; 8. (tie) Anthony Jordan and Benny Mosley, 10.9. Second round leaders: 1. King Pickett, 8.2 seconds; 2. Riley Webb, 9.0; 3. Marty Yates, 9.2; 4. (tie) Cory Solomon and Adam Gray, 9.3; 6. Marcos Costa, 9.4; 7. Sy Felton, 9.6; 8. Benny Mosley, 10.0. Average leaders: 1. Cory Solomon, 17.6 seconds on two runs; 2. Marty Yates, 18.6; 3. Benny Mosley, 20.0; 4. (tie) Westyn Hughes and Lane Livingston, 20.5; 6. Luke Potter, 20.9; 7. Riley Webb, 21.3; 8. King Pickett, 21.5; 9. Sy Felton, 22.6; 10. Richard Newton, 23.2; 11. (tie) Chet Weitz and Cody McCartney, 23.7.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Jordan Briggs, 16.96; 2. Michelle Darling, 17.22; 3. Tarryn Lee, 17.28; 4. Keyla Polizello Costa, 17.35; 5. Randi Holliday, 17.38; 6. Jordan Driver, 17.39; 7. Destri Devenport, 17.45; 8. Tammy Peterson, 17.49; 9. Tamara Reinhardt, 17.58; 10. Jacie Etbauer, 17.60; 11. Timber Allenbrand, 17.67; 12. Molly Pritchard, 17.71.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Canyon Bass, 85.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s 997; 2. Tyler Bingham, 85; 3. Brett McAbee, 84.5; 4. Hayes Weight, 83; 5. Trevor Reiste, 82.5; 6. Creek Young 79.5; 7. (tie) Reid Oftedahl and Kody Aldrich, 73; no other qualified rides.

Courtesy of twisTEDrodeo.com

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