The winter rodeo run has treated steer wrestler Will Lummus well.
The Byhalia, Miss., cowboy won the Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo in Odessa, Texas, in January, then added a victory Feb. 21 at the 146th Silver Spurs Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla.
Lummus captured the victory in Kissimmee with a 3.2-second run.
“Man, I just had a good steer and a good horse,” said Lummus, 28. “They had been 4-flat on that steer earlier that week and I knew I had to get close to the barrier. I was riding Gabe Soileau’s horse (Pep), and he’s as easy as he gets. I had never ridden that horse before. I always wanted to get on him, but I never had the right opportunity to get on him, and I got to and he was great.
“I always go to this rodeo in Kissimmee because it’s a big circuit rodeo in the Southeastern Circuit. The winter has been good for me. I always have had good luck at Kissimmee.”
Lummus made his run Feb. 20 and streamed the rodeo’s final performance Feb. 21 to follow the results.
“There was a pretty salty perf on Sunday (in Kissimmee), so I knew I wasn’t safe,” Lummus said. “I watched the perf on The Cowboy Channel Plus App on the way home and saw I got the win, which was pretty cool.”
“I’m getting on a plane this afternoon (Feb. 22) headed to San Antonio,” he said. “I’m the last set (at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo) Tuesday night and Wednesday night. I’m real excited for San Antonio. I get to ride Benz, Clayton Hass’ horse, down there. That’s the same horse I won Odessa on, and I’ve had some luck on him before. I’m excited to get down there and run a couple.”
Lummus has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo three years in a row. He finished fifth in the 2020 world standings with $155,837. He earned $115,558 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, thanks to winning Round 3, splitting the Round 10 victory with Tyler Waguespack and placing in five rounds.
Other winners at the $88,577 rodeo were bareback rider Richmond Champion (87.5 points on JC Kitaif ProRodeos’ Let It Rock), team ropers Mason Boettcher/Eddie Medina (5.5 seconds), saddle bronc rider Brody Cress (85.5 points on Five Star Rodeo’s Archie), tie-down ropers Catfish Brown, Andrew Burks and Tim Pharr (7.4 seconds each), barrel racer Randee Prindle (14.47 seconds), bull rider Coy Pollmeier (87 points on JC Kitaif ProRodeos’ Rico Suave) and all-around cowboy Tim Pharr ($2,988, tie-down roping and team roping).
Courtesy of PRCA