Rodeo Insider: Texas cowboys thriving in Pacific Northwest
08/18/2014 9:31 PM
08/18/2014 9:33 PM
From mid-August through mid-September, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s top competitors traditionally spend a lot of time in the northwestern United States.
Last weekend, the PRCA’s top shows included the $257,885 Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo, the $131,651 Canby (Ore.) Rodeo and the $130,534 Yellowstone River Roundup Rodeo in Billings, Mont.
In Caldwell, seven-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier K.C. Jones of Decatur clinched the steer wrestling title and earned $6,822.
This season, Jones also has won the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days, Rodeo Austin and Rodeo de Santa Fe (N.M.). He was also the co-champion at the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup Rodeo.
After all that, he’s ranked sixth in the steer wrestling world title race with $58,195.
Jones, 43, is in his 20th season on the PRCA circuit. He has qualified for the National Finals in Las Vegas in 2002-2004, 2006, 2008 and 2012-2013.
Two-time world champion Tuf Cooper, 24, of Decatur earned $7,814 after winning the tie-down roping title in Caldwell. He is ranked No. 1 in the tie-down roping title race with $123,404.
Roper Trevor Brazile, a 19-time world champion from Decatur, clinched all-around titles in Canby and Billings.
The 37-year-old superstar is ranked No. 1 in the world standings with $203,908, surpassing the $200,000 mark for a record ninth consecutive year (2006-14) and the 13th time in 14 seasons, according to the PRCA.
Brazile also is ranked second in steer roping, third in team roping and third in tie-down roping. If he remains in the top 15 in all three events, he will tie Tee Woolman’s career record of 45 National Finals qualifications.
Meanwhile, six-time world champion Cody Ohl, 40, who is from Hico, won tie-down roping at the Canby rodeo and tied for first in Billings. He tied for second in Moses Lake, Wash., and finished third in Kalispell, Mont.
Ohl, who is ranked 16th in tie-down roping with $48,489, has been on a furious rally in recent weeks. During the July 4 weekend, which is called Cowboy Christmas because of the abundance of prize money at stake, Ohl was sidelined with injuries.
Ohl was ranked 54th in the July 14th standings and was a long shot to quality for the National Finals. But in the last month, he has earned $33,413 and jumped from 54th to 16th, according to the PRCA.
If Ohl finishes in the top 15 when the season concludes Sept. 30, he will earn a 20th NFR berth.
The Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series resumed last weekend in Tulsa after taking a three-month rest.
Rookie Gage Gay of Staley, N.C., clinched the title at the Express Employment Professionals Classic on Saturday after finishing as the only rider who stayed on all three bulls. He earned $38,175.
As the world’s top bull riding tour heads into the final stretch of the regular season, Brazilian Guilherme Marchi, the 2008 world champion, is ranked No. 1 with 7,257.81 points. Fabiano Vieira is No. 2 with 6,960.87.
The tour will also stop in Thackerville, Okla., on Aug. 29-30 for the WinStar World Casino and Resort Invitational. The PBR’s 21st World Finals is scheduled for Oct. 22-26 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
The PBR also features a World Champion Bull title race. One of the top contenders is Bushwacker, who won the title in 2011 and 2013. He appeared Saturday in Tulsa and bucked off Cody Nance in 3.13 seconds.
High school update
The North Texas High School Rodeo Association has scheduled its Kickoff Membership Drive Rodeo for Aug. 23. For more information, call 817-232-2855 or visit nthsra.org.
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