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Hico cowboy helps Elite Rodeo Athletes get off the ground

Cody Ohl, performing at American Airlines center, stays busy with the Elite Rodeo Athletes.
Cody Ohl, performing at American Airlines center, stays busy with the Elite Rodeo Athletes. Special to the Star-Telegram

Cody Ohl has earned five tie-down roping world titles on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit.

He also snared a world all-around buckle.

The Hico cowboy also has become a pro rodeo bucking bull owner in recent years.

Within the past year, the 42-year-old Ohl has become a founding father of a new pro rodeo circuit called Elite Rodeo Athletes.

During the past weekend, Ohl was in Redmond, Ore., to participate in the ERA’s inaugural tour stop. He was highly successful both as a stock contractor and as a roper during the Saturday night performance.

At the beginning of the performance, an Ohl-owned bovine named Water Exploration helped Zack Oakes of Tolar clinch the bull-riding title with a score of 87. Later in the performance, Ohl and 2004 PRCA world champion Monty Lewis of Hereford tied for first in tie-down roping after each competitor turned in a time of 7.62 seconds.

“We had a dang good night all of the way through,” Ohl said. “It was awesome. I’m an adrenaline junkie, so having my bull do so good and then winning the round, it carried right into my calf roping.”

Ohl competed Friday and Saturday in two well-attended performances, each drawing several thousand spectators.

During the Friday performance, Ohl finished third in the tie-down roping with a time of 7.77 seconds. After placing in both the Friday and Saturday shows, Ohl is ranked No. 1 in the ERA’s tie-down roping standings with 487.5 points. Shane Hanchey, the 2013 PRCA world champion, is No. 2 with 475.

Each of the two performances was a stand-alone rodeo. Each rodeo offered competitors $100,000 in prize money.

Some highlights:

▪ Trevor Brazile won the tie-down roping during the Friday night performance after turning in a time of 7.61. Brazile is a 23-time PRCA world champion.

▪ Fallon Taylor finished second in barrel racing at the Redmond tour stop on Friday with a time of 14.81 and came in third on Saturday with a 14.18. Taylor, who grew up in Ponder and lives in Collinsville, is the 2014 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association world champion.

▪ Richmond Champion, a former Tarleton State competitor, won the bareback riding title on Friday night after turning in an 87. Champion first commanded respect in 2014 when he won the bareback riding title at the RFD-TVs The American at AT&T Stadium in Arlington and earned $1.1 million.

▪ Wade Sundell won the saddle bronc riding title Saturday after turning in an 88.5. Sundell grabbed attention on Feb. 28 when he won the saddle bronc riding title at the RFD-TVs The American in Arlington and earned $1.1 million.

▪ Chayni Chamberlain, a 10-year-old barrel racer from Stephenville, finished fourth on Friday with a 15.17 and fifth on Saturday with a 14.41. Chayni first gained notoriety last year when she qualified for The American and appeared on ESPN.

The Redmond show was among eight tour stops that the ERA has scheduled for the 2016 regular season. This weekend, the tour stops in Nampa, Idaho, in the Boise area. The tour culminates with a $3 million finale, which is scheduled for Nov. 9-13 at Dallas’ American Airlines Center.

NCHA update

In 2008, a stallion named Metallic Cat and his rider, Beau Galyean, won the National Cutting Horse Association World Championship Futurity in Fort Worth, which is billed as the sport’s most prestigious show.

Today, Metallic Cat, which is owned by Alvin and Becky Fults of Amarillo, is a high profile breeder.

At this week’s NCHA Super Stakes, which also is in Fort Worth, a gelding named Metalic Man, which is a son of Metallic Cat, has qualified for the Classic Open Division Finals.

Metalic Man is owned by David and Stacie McDavid of Fort Worth and ridden by veteran Clint Allen.

“The horse is smart,” Stacie McDavid said. “He reads a cow well. His stop is noticeably better than most. If you were to watch 20 horses, they would say that that horse [Metalic Man] has a very dynamic stop.”

Metalic Man advanced to the finals after turning in a two-ride aggregate score of 436. The gelding turned in a 218.5 in the first round and a 217.5 in the second round at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.

The second round concluded Sunday night, March 27. A field of 29 horses that turned in a score of at least 434 advanced to the finals, which is scheduled for Saturday night, April 2.

Maid of Metal, another horse that was sired by Metallic Cat, finished with the highest aggregate score of all horses, a 439 after making two runs. With rider Morgan Cromer in the saddle, Maid of Metal turned in a 222 in the first round and a 217 in the second round.

Cromer also earned finals berths on two other horses. He made the cut on Little Dirty Deeds after the duo turned in a 435.5. He also made the cut on TF High Chex CD after turning in a 435.5.

Cat Sheree, ridden by Sean Flynn, finished the prelims ranked No. 2 with a 438. Cat Sheree turned in a pair of 219s.

However, no previous scores will count during Saturday’s final round. The horse with the highest score of the night will win the title.

PRCA update

On the PRCA’s national circuit, Marcos Costa, a Brazilian who lives in the Northwest Texas town of Childress, won the tie-down roping title at Rodeo Austin in Austin on Saturday (March 26) after turning in a final round time of 8.6. Costa, a 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier, earned $10,973, according to ProRodeo.com.

Other winners at the $517,282 rodeo were all-around cowboy Ryan Jarrett ($12,012 in steer wrestling and tie-down roping), bareback rider Jake Vold (86.50 points on Andrews Rodeo’s PTSD Power Play), steer wrestler Logan Gledhill (3.6 seconds), team ropers Cale Markham and Billie Jack Saebens (4.5 seconds), saddle bronc rider Nat Stratton (88 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Wound Up), barrel racer Abby Penson (15.29 seconds) and bull rider Shane Proctor (87.50 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s South Point Style).

PBR update

When the Professional Bull Riders Built Fort Tough Series tour stops this weekend in Sioux Falls, S.D., defending world champion J.B. Mauney will attempt to hold onto his No. 1 ranking in the 2016 world title race. Mauney took the lead in the world race after finishing fourth at the PBR’s Ty Murray Invitational on March 20 in Albuquerque. Mauney, a North Carolina cowboy, is ranked No. 1 in the world standings with 1,960 points. Paulo Lima, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, is ranked No. 2 with 1,845. The Sioux Falls tour stop is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday (April 1-3) at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

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