March 24, 2014

Rodeo Insider: NCHA Super Stakes coming to Fort Worth

The $2.9 million show begins Thursday at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.

The National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes will begin its 24-day run Thursday at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.

The show, which offers a $2.9 million purse, will conclude April 19 with the 4-year-old open division finals, which is the second jewel of the Triple Crown series.

One horse to watch will be Dual Smart Kitty and rider Clay Johnson who won the first jewel of the Triple Crown, the December Futurity in Fort Worth.

In order to win the second jewel, Dual Smart Kitty, who is owned by Rusty and Shelly Simpson of Nemo, will have to advance through three preliminary rounds and then turn in the highest score during the April 19 finals.

Johnson is a former Super Stakes champion rider. In 2012, he clinched the open division title on KR Isadora Dual.

Houston rodeo winners

At RodeoHouston, Travis Woodard of Stephenville earned $29,500 after he and his partner, Arky Rogers, finished second in team roping in the BP Super Series with a time of 4.7 seconds during Saturday’s final round at Reliant Stadium. Erich Rogers and Cory Petska won the title with a 4.2 and each earned $57,250.

In tie-down roping, six-time world champion Cody Ohl of Hico pocketed $11,050 after finishing fourth. Scott Kormos of Teague won the title with an 8.0 and earned $55,300.

In bareback riding, four-time world champion Bobby Mote of Stephenville tied for second and collected $19,317 after turning in a score of 89. Kaycee Feild won the title with a 91 and pocketed $57,150.

In addition to the $57,150 prize in the Super Series, Feild also earned $25,000 for winning the Super Shootout title Sunday, which pushed his total earnings to $82,150.

Other champions were Tyler Smith, bull riding, $56,200; Nancy Hunter, barrel racing, $55,000; Heith DeMoss, saddle bronc riding, $55,783; and Olin Hannum, steer wrestling, $54,325.

In saddle bronc riding, Wade Sundell clinched the $25,000 title. He also earned $100,000 for winning The American on March 2 at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium. Other $25,000 winners were barrel racer Sherry Cervi and bull rider J.W. Harris.

PBR update

Harris, a four-time Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association champion from Mullin, has accepted an invitation from the Professional Bull Riders to compete on the Built Ford Tough Series, which is the PBR’s top tour that determines the world champion.

He is scheduled to compete in this weekend’s tour stop in Fresno, Calif. Harris was invited because of his accomplishments in the PRCA, which means he did not have to work his way onto the Ford Series through the PBR’s Touring Pro Division.

At last weekend’s stop in Albuquerque, Marco Eguchi, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, clinched the Ty Murray Invitational title and earned $39,850. In the world standings, 2008 world champion Guilherme Marchi is ranked No. 1 with 5,198.68 points. Joao Ricardo Vieira, who finished second in Albuquerque, is ranked No. 2 with 4,824.56.

WPRA update

Latte, the barrel racing horse that carried Mary Walker of Ennis to the 2012 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association world title, is scheduled to be auctioned at 10 a.m. Friday at the Waxahachie Rodeo Complex.

The decision to sell the horse is the result of a January lawsuit between Walker and Cheri Cogburn, who co-own Latte.

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