Weekend Rodeo Wrap-up

by | Jun 02, 2014

  • BRAZILE WATCH: Trevor Brazile and heeler Travis Graves won the Hugo (Okla.) PRCA Rodeo and finished third in the team roping at the Spanish Fork (Utah) Wrangler Champions Challenge to earn $5,122 apiece. The parlay lifted Brazile’s all-around total to $97,455 and kept him on pace to collect his record 12th all-around gold buckle. He leads the all-around in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World standings by $61,491 over Clayton Hass. Brazile also stayed first in the steer roping standings, and remained third in the team roping header and sixth in the tie-down roping standings.
  • BETTER WITH AGE: Kelly Wardell, a four-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bareback rider, has decided to make a comeback at age 51. Wardell posted on Facebook over the weekend that he has officially begun his chase to be the oldest man to qualify for the Canadian Finals Rodeo. He got off to a good start, splitting the win at the Leduc (Alberta) Black Gold Rodeo with an 85-point ride on Harvey Northcott Rodeo’s Crazy Alice, and splitting fifth in Grand Prairie with another 85-point trip. Wardell entered the weekend with $2,299, and earned another $2,705 with his two checks. He last rodeoed in 2002, at age 39, finishing 31st in the PRCA world standings with $28,459.
  • PROCTOR EYES LINDERMAN: Shane Proctor has proven himself in PRCA bull riding, winning the 2011 world championship. Proctor also has dabbled in saddle bronc riding, and on May 31 he added tie-down roping to his repertoire of events. Proctor collected $404 by placing third at the Kiwanis Club of Clarksville (Tenn.) Rodeo. “I had (shoulder) surgery in January, and I’ve still been healing up, and I just like to compete,” the 29-year-old said. “I figured out I could rope some calves when I was messing around testing my shoulder, and my wife (Jessi) was going to the rodeo (to barrel race) so I entered the calf roping to give me something to do.” Proctor says he’ll start riding bulls again on June 18, but he’s going to continue to rope in hopes of being able to win the Linderman Award. The award recognizes excellence at both ends of the arena. To qualify, a cowboy must win at least $1,000 in each of three events, and those events must include at least one roughstock event and one timed event. “I would really like to get $1,000 won (in tie-down roping) and try and go for the Linderman since I ride bulls and broncs mainly,” he said. “That would be a huge thing to cross off my bucket list if I could win the Linderman.”
  • DOUBLE PLAY: Team roping header Manny Egusquiza (Egg-ooh-skeeza) Jr. won three rodeos over the weekend, and he did it with two different heelers. Egusquiza won in Fort Smith (Ark.) with his usual partner, Brad Culpepper, when the pair posted an average time of 10.4 seconds on two head. While those two also took fourth at the Hugo (Okla.) PRCA Rodeo, Egusquiza needed to find a different partner to finish the weekend with when Culpepper had to fly to Washington for a roping school. He called longtime friend Jonathan Torres, who was available since his usual partner, brother Josh Torres, was busy back home and couldn’t hit the rodeo road. It worked out nicely, as Egusquiza and Jonathan Torres won two of the three rodeos at which they roped. They won the Bennington (Kan.) PRCA Rodeo with a time of 5.1 seconds, and also were tops at the Hinton (Okla.) Crosstie PRCA Rodeo. Egusquiza totaled $6,816 for the weekend, moving him from 49th to 23rd in the world standings.
  • CHAMP HAS BIG WEEKEND: Shane Hanchey, the defending tie-down roping world champion, earned a total of $7,441 over the weekend thanks to three large checks. Hanchey did most of his damage in Fort Smith (Ark.), where he placed in both rounds and was second in the average to earn $3,687. The Sulphur, La., cowboy also won a total of $3,754 in Canada over the weekend. Hanchey took first in Leduc, Alberta, with a time of 7.4 seconds, and split second at the Hand Hills Lake Rodeo in Craigmyle, Alberta, with a time of 7.0 seconds. He moved up one spot to second in the world standings, trailing only Tuf Cooper.
  • WRESTLING AND ROPING: Steer wrestler Trevor Knowles won the all-around and finished second in the steer wrestling at the Central Point (Ore.) Wild Rogue ProRodeo, but that wasn’t the noteworthy part of his trip to eastern Oregon. Knowles and his cousin, fellow bulldogger Blake Knowles, placed third in the team roping in Central Point with a run of 5.7 seconds for total earnings of $3,082. But he wasn’t finished, as he also placed second at the Wrangler Champions Challenge, presented by Justin Boots, with a time of 4.5 seconds, earning $4,160. Knowles finished the weekend with $5,766 in bulldogging money, which kept him second in the world standings.
  • Well, here’s something you don’t see every day (at least since Phil Lyne retired): Josh Frost nearly pulled off a remarkable double at the May 29-31 Canyonlands PRCA Rodeo in Moab, Utah, by winning the tie-down roping in 10.0 seconds and finishing second in the bull riding with a 76-point score. Frost, the younger brother of PRCA bull rider Joe Frost and a cousin to the late World Champion Bull Rider Lane Frost, had total money of $1,780 in Moab.

Courtesy of PRCA