Cheyenne riders pulling double duty out west

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The 117th Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo concluded Sunday and featured many of the world’s top competitors.

But while the nine-day Wyoming rodeo was under way, many of the sport’s elite worked additional rodeos in cities such as Salt Lake City, Deadwood, S.D., Burwell, Neb., and Spanish Fork, Utah. It’s common for a competitor to ride in a preliminary round at Cheyenne, travel to another rodeo, and then return to Cheyenne.

One cowboy who did so last weekend was 10-time world all-around champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur, who lassoed the Cheyenne steer roping title. He won the average with a three-run time of 58.1 seconds, 1.1 seconds faster than runner-up Dan Fisher. Brazile also won the first round of steer roping at the Deadwood rodeo.

Matt Reeves, a former National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Cross Plains, clinched the steer wrestling title in Cheyenne. He also won the first round in Deadwood.

Tuf Cooper of Decatur won the Cheyenne all-around title after earning $6,910 in team roping and tie-down roping. Twenty years ago, his father, Roy, won the all-around championship in Cheyenne.

The Cheyenne saddle bronc riding title race ended in a tie between Wade Sundell and Chad Ferley. Other champions were Taylor Price, bareback riding; Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, team roping; Christy Loflin, barrel racing; Cody Whitney, bull riding; Will Shaffer, rookie saddle bronc riding; and Scott Kormos, tie-down roping.

Cutting horse update

At the National Cutting Horse Association Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth on Sunday, riders competed in the Open Derby second round and attempted to qualify for the semifinals.

The semifinals are scheduled for Friday morning. The finals, the third jewel of the sport’s Triple Crown Series, is Saturday at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.

Semifinals qualification is based on an aggregate score from Round 1 and Round 2. Some competitors who had an impressive first round score rode conservatively in Round 2.

For example, Weatherford rider Matt Gaines and Cat Countin Checks turned in an impressive prelim score of 218.5 in the first round. But in the second round, they posted a 214.5 to make the semis with a two-ride score of 433. In 2001, Gaines won the Summer Spectacular Derby Open title on Nu I Wood.

John Wold of Argyle turned in a first round score of 219 on Jett Setter in the first round and a 216.5 in the second round, making the semifinals after a two-round aggregate of 435.5. In 2002, Wold clinched the Summer Spectacular Derby title on Meradas Blue Sue.

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