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Rodeo Insider: Stephenville basks in rodeo limelight over the weekend

Stephenville is a rodeo hotbed, the hometown of numerous standout pro and collegiate competitors.

During the weekend, four-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Jacobs Crawley of Stephenville won the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo after turning in an unusually high saddle bronc riding score of 92 points. Crawley won the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association show and earned $5,753.

Crawley also tied for first in saddle bronc riding at last weekend’s Buc Days Pro Rodeo in Corpus Christi after turning in a lofty 87. He pocketed $4,683.

After winning the two rodeos, Crawley is ranked No. 5 in the PRCA’s 2015 saddle bronc riding world standings with regular season earnings of $26,317.

Stephenville also is the home to Tarleton State, which has a long history of producing outstanding rodeo teams. Over the weekend, Tarleton’s men’s team finished No. 1 in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region 2014-15 title race after competing in the 50th annual Tarleton Rodeo.

Tarleton’s women’s team finished second in the region. Both TSU’s men’s and women’s teams will advance to College National Finals Rodeo, which will be June 14-20 in Casper, Wyo.

Hill College’s men’s team also advanced to the Casper championships by finishing second in the NIRA’s Southern Region. The final rodeo of the season for Hill was the Wharton County Junior College Rodeo last weekend in Wharton.

PBR update

On the Professional Bull Riders circuit, 2013 world champion J.B. Mauney clinched the title during last weekend’s Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in Des Moines, Iowa.

Mauney had been sidelined for about seven weeks. The Iowa show was Mauney’s first competition since he sustained a knee injury last month in Fresno, Calif.

Mauney, who earned $37,037 in Des Moines, clinched the overall title despite getting bucked off of his final bull. He finished second in Round 1 and captured first in Round 2, earning 560 world race points for his performance during the weekend.

Mauney, a North Carolina cowboy, vaulted from No. 12 to No. 8 in the PBR 2015 world standings. Joao Ricardo Vieira, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, is ranked No. 1 in the world title race.

This weekend, the series stops in Colorado Springs.

Hall of Fame class

Former world champion cowboys Tom Nesmith, Mark Garrett, Bob Wegner and Harry Charters along with PRCA administrator Jack Hannum, the Hendricks Brothers specialty act and four-time team roping heading horse of the year Precious Speck (Walt) will be inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs this summer.

They will be enshrined Aug. 8 along with the rodeo committees from the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up, the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo and Iowa’s Championship Rodeo (in Sidney).

Steer roping update

Jason Evans of Huntsville, who represented the PRCA’s Texas Circuit, won the National Circuit Finals Steer Roping title last weekend in Torrington, Wyo.

Evans clinched the title after winning the final round with a time of 9.9 seconds and earned $7,315.

Evans has fared well at national competitions within the past year. While competing at the PRCA’s 2014 National Finals Steer Roping in November at Mulvane, Kan., Evans finished fourth in the average race and earned $20,515. The strong finish helped him finish sixth in the 2014 world steer roping standings with $55,739.

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