Rodeo Insider: Cody Ohl headlines star-studded field at Windy Ryon Memorial Roping

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Six-time world champion Cody Ohl is among numerous world class competitors who will saddle up for this weekend’s 40th Windy Ryon Memorial Roping.

The team roping competition is Friday (8:30 a.m.), break-away roping is Saturday (9:30 a.m.), calf roping is Saturday (1 p.m.) and steer roping is Sunday (1:30 p.m.). A team roping competition is also scheduled for Sunday (8 a.m.) at the Ryon Arena in north Fort Worth.

One of the most popular competitions is the calf roping tournament, which is Saturday afternoon. In addition to Ohl, the other competitors are former Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers Hunter Herrin, Justin Maass and Clint Cooper.

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In the money

Two defending pro rodeo champions from North Texas thrived at the inaugural Wrangler Champions Challenge show last weekend in Redding, Calif.

Mary Walker of Ennis, the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s 2012 world barrel racing champion, finished earned $4,000 with a winning time of 17.10 seconds.

Tuf Cooper of Decatur, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s 2012 tie-down roping champion, finished second with an 8.4 and he earned $3,000. Three-time National Finals qualifier Shane Hanchey finished first with an 8.3.

After competing at Redding, Cooper is scheduled to be in Fort Worth on Saturday to compete in the Ryon Roping.

The Redding-based Wrangler Champions Challenge performance was the PRCA/WPRA’s newest effort to raise the profile of the sport’s most accomplished competitors. The Saturday performance featured 10 credentialed riders in each event and it was held in conjunction with Redding’s traditional pro rodeo.

The other winners were bareback rider Will Lowe (86 points), steer wrestler Bray Armes (4.4 seconds), team ropers Spencer Mitchell and Dugan Kelly (4.9 seconds), saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss (87.5 points) and bull rider Cole Echols (90 points).

Three more Wrangler Champions Challenge competitions are scheduled this year: Sept. 18 in Amarillo; Oct. 5 in Kissimmee, Fla.; and Oct. 31 in Winnie.

Well deserved rest

The Professional Bull Riders’ top-tier tour is taking a three-month hiatus and Silvano Alves of Decatur is on pace to win an unprecedented third consecutive world title.

The summer break began right after the PBR’s May 10-11 tour stop in Las Vegas. The next show is Aug. 16-17 in Tulsa. The 20th annual World Finals is scheduled for Oct. 23-27 in Las Vegas.

Alves, a Brazilian, is attempting to become the first cowboy to win three consecutive PBR world titles. The PBR’s only other three-time champion is Brazilian Adriano Moraes (1994, 2001 and 2006).

Alves won the May 10-11 Las Vegas show and he’s ranked first in the Ford Series world standings with 6,641.66 points, 1319.91 ahead of second-ranked Marco Eguchi who has 5,321.75. Shane Proctor is ranked third with 5,283.37.

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