January 23, 2014

Elite performers, team contest give Fort Worth Stock Show’s Super Shooutout Rodeo unique feel

The quality of competitors made event resemble a National Finals performance.

The Fort Worth Stock Show’s inaugural Super Shootout Rodeo on Thursday night was like a National Finals Rodeo performance.

The Wrangler National Finals in Las Vegas features the top 15 competitors worldwide in each event. The Super Shootout featured eight credentialed riders who performed on a world-class level.

The winners in each of the bucking stock events turned in final round scores in the elite 90s. The winning time in steer wrestling was under 4 seconds. The barrel racing winner was the 2012 world champion, Mary Walker of Ennis.

The Super Shootout Rodeo offered competitors a $100,000 purse. The events were bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding and steer wrestling. Each event winner earned $10,000.

One of those $10,000 winners was Walker.

“It took a lot to effort to win because there was several NFR qualifiers here tonight,” Walker said. “It was really tough.”

Walker advanced to the finals after finishing in the top four after Round One, coming in third with a time of 16.847 seconds.

But when the title was at stake during the finals, Walker paced the field with a time of 16.570, almost three tenths of a second faster than second-place finisher Sabrina Ketchum.

“I had a mishap in the first round when I held my horse off of a barrel, which was something I shouldn’t have done,” Walker said. “So during the finals, I had to go in there and go for it. There was only four of us in there, and so you have to go in and do the best you can.”

The rodeo featured eight contestants in the first round and four in the final round. During the finals, no previous scores counted.

Another factor that made the Super Shootout Rodeo different was that it featured a team concept. The rodeo featured the top finishers from eight high-profile rodeos: Fort Worth; Houston; Austin; San Angelo; Denver; Reno, Nev.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; and Calgary, Alberta. The members of each team each wore a shirt of the same color and a team logo.

Throughout the two-hour performance, organizers also kept team statistics to crown a team champion. After the last chute gate was opened, Team Cheyenne clinched the title.

Matt Reeves, a former National Finals steer wrestling qualifier, helped Team Cheyenne finish No. 1. Reeves won the $10,000 steer wrestling title after turning in a final round time of 3.99 seconds.

In bareback riding, three-time world champion Kaycee Feild clinched the title with a score of 92.5 on the former NFR bronc Dirty Jacket, owned by Pete Carr of Dallas. In saddle bronc riding, former NFR qualifier Cort Scheer clinched the title with a score of 90.5 aboard a Carr-owned bronc named Big Tex.

Four-time bull riding champion J.W. Harris of Mullin won the bull riding with a 91 aboard Carr’s Medicine Show. Harris also tied for first at the stock show’s Bulls’ Night Out performance on Wednesday.

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