Rodeo Insider: Local champs compete in National Finals

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The Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo crowned eight single-event champions on Feb. 9 at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.

Five of them are competing this week at the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at Las Vegas’ Thomas & Mack Center.

They are Kaycee Feild (bareback riding); Straws Milan (steer wrestling); Cody Wright (saddle bronc riding); Randall Carlisle (tie-down roping); and Taylor Jacob (barrel racing).

During the Fort Worth rodeo, Jacob, a senior Texas A&M communications major from Carmine, earned $14,796 and finished as the 17-day show’s highest money winner. The win played a big role in helping her secure a first NFR berth.

During the NFR, she has been a big hit, winning Round 3 on Saturday and Round 4 on Sunday. She is riding her 8-year-old buckskin quarter horse gelding Honor Thy Frenchman (whose nickname is Bo).

“My horse likes this arena and the atmosphere,” Jacob said. “His strong point is his speed — he makes up lots of time in between the barrels.”

Carlisle, a former Lipan resident who has homes in College Station and Baton Rouge, La., also is competing in his first NFR, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s champinship. He won the Round 2 on Friday with a blistering time of 6.8 seconds.

After making the run, Carlisle, usually a quiet cowboy, said he was elated.

“I don’t really show any emotion, but after tying one in six [6.8 seconds], I had to smile,” said Carlisle, who earned $18,629 for the round win.

Cutting horse update

In recent years, David and Stacie McDavid of Fort Worth have offered a $1 million bonus to the open division winner of the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity if the No. 1 horse was sired by their late stallion, Hes A Peptospoonful.

So far, no 3-year-old son or daughter of Hes A Peptospoonful has claimed the Futurity title and this is the last year the McDavids will put up $1 million.

As the 2013 Futurity heads into its final stretch this week at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth, a horse named Spoonful Of Stella is a candidate to collect the $1 million in addition to the $200,000 prize that the NCHA will pay for winning the Futurity.

With Weatherford rider Jason Clark, Spoonful Of Stella turned in impressive prelim scores of 218.5 and 220.5 and advanced to the semifinals, which are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday. The open finals is 6 p.m. Saturday.

Ohl roping tough

Roping fans can expect to see Cody Ohl of Hico take risks in an attempt to turn in fast times throughout the remainder of the NFR as the Hico cowboy attempts to snare a sixth world tie-down roping title.

Ohl became alarmed after turning in a sluggish 17.5 in the second round. He responded by winning the Round 3 on Saturday with a 6.7 and a tying for first in Round 4 on Sunday with a 6.9.

“I stubbed my toe in the second round and I’m trying to work my way back into this,” Ohl said in an interview after competing Sunday night. “The only way to do that is to go after the rounds. We’re going for first every night.”

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