When four-time world champion Bobby Mote strapped on his spurs for the Fort Worth Stock Show’s Shootout Rodeo on Thursday night, it had been more than a month since he had competed in the bareback bronc riding event at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
In order to win the a coveted title at the Shootout, the Stephenville resident had to put on the same type of performance as he did in the early December National Finals.
The second annual Shootout Rodeo strongly resembled an NFR performance with high-profile riders and tough bucking stock.
When the bareback riding title was at stake in the four-man final round, Mote clinched the title with a lofty score of 88 atop a former National Finals bronc named Top Flight at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth.
In barrel racing, 2012 world champion Mary Walker of Ennis clinched the title with a final-round time of 16.841 seconds. Walker also won the Shootout last year.
In bull riding, Trevor Kastner paced the four-man final-round field. During the final round, all four riders were bucked off. But Kastner won the title after staying on for 7.5 seconds, the longest of all finalists.
Other champions were Curtis Cassidy in steer wrestling (4.89 seconds) and Cort Sheer in saddle bronc riding (88).
The rodeo offered competitors $100,000 and each single event winner earned $10,000.
Mote advanced to the final round after finishing fourth in the first round after posting an 84 on a bronc named Smack Daddy. In the final round, Mote was marked four points higher after conquering Top Flight, owned by Pickett Pro Rodeo Co.
“My first horse didn’t have the best day that he could have had,” Mote said. “But fortunately, I made it back to the finals. It’s funny because whoever wins the long round gets to pick [the final round bronc] first. So, I didn’t get to pick. But I would have picked the horse [Top Flight] that I ended up with anyway.”
“Actually, it would have been between Top Flight and [the popular former NFR bronc] Dirty Jacket. But Top Flight is an awesome horse. That was the best horse here last year, and so it worked out good. ”
The rodeo also featured a team competition. The Houston Rodeo finished No. 1 after its team earned 24 points. The Reno Rodeo finished second with 20.
PRCA rodeo update
Former National Finals Rodeo qualifier Clint Robinson took the lead in the tie-down roping event in the Stock Show’s PRCA rodeo after turning in a time of 8.4 seconds.
Robinson competed in the slack performance Wednesday. The slack featured the overflow of competitors who are not scheduled to compete in the main shows.
Cory Solomon, a two-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier who won the Stock Show’s Cowboys of Color Rodeo on Monday, is tied for fourth with a 9.1. Defending world all-around champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur is tied for sixth with a 9.2.
In steer wrestling, Ty Erickson and Matthew Mousseau are tied for the lead.
They each turned in times of 3.9 seconds after competing in the slack performance Thursday.
The PRCA rodeo begins its string of 29 main shows tonight at 7:30 p.m.