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Dec 12

Wrangler NFR 2013: Kaycee Feild Moves to the Top & Leads the Average

Wrangler NFR 2013: Kaycee Feild Moves to the Top & Leads the Average

Dec. 11, 2013: Bareback Rider Kaycee Feild competes in Round 7 of the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Photo courtesy of PRCA, photo credit Mike Copeman.

“Better late than never,” said Kaycee Feild. Although he hadn’t won a round at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo until Wednesday’s seventh performance, it didn’t lessen the joy for the two-time defending world champion bareback rider.

“It feels great. I’m so thrilled right now,” Feild said. “I haven’t been riding poorly and haven’t been drawing poorly, but I haven’t scored that well.”

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The numbers back up his argument. Feild moved to first in the average with his 83-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Shadow Warrior before 17,416 fans at the Thomas & Mack Center. He also passed four-time champ Bobby Mote for first in the world standings with $168,251. He leads Mote – who missed out his horse in Round 6 and has little chance of winning an average check – by more than $14,000 and third-place Will Lowe, a three-time champ, by nearly $22,000.

Feild is trying to become the first bareback rider to win three consecutive world championships since ProRodeo Hall of Famer Joe Alexander earned five straight from 1971-75. Alexander followed that with two regular-season championships (1976-77), in years the world title was decided by solely performances at the NFR.

“Yeah, I know he could’ve won seven,” Feild said.

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Dec 15

Gold Buckle Races Head for Photo Finish

Steven Peebles

Dec. 14, 2012 – Bareback Rider Steven Peebles finishes in first place on Vitalix Hell’s Fire Hostage in round 9 of the 2012 Wrangler NFR. Photo courtesy PRCA, photo credit Mike Copeman.

LAS VEGAS – One final night will decide who brings home the gold.

Eight world champions will be crowned on the final night of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on Saturday night – and not a moment sooner.

While two races have much heavier favorites to win gold buckles than the others at the Thomas & Mack Center, every race except the all-around is still mathematically undecided, including a handful of races that will almost certainly send the statisticians to their calculators.

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Included in that category is the tie-down roping race, where defending World Champion Tuf Cooper will attempt to hold off Justin Maass – who led the world standings for most of the regular season.

“That’s what it’s all about,” Cooper said after posting his ninth-round time of 7.2 seconds. “Coming in, I didn’t plan on it coming down to the 10th one, but how many times has it come down to the 10th round? It’s going to be an exciting night.

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“We’ll come out and give the folks their money’s worth for their tickets.”

Cooper tied for third place in Round 9, extending his lead in the world standings to $16,444 over Maass.

“Earlier, I put myself in a position where I had to go at these [calves] the last couple rounds,” Cooper said. “I had a good calf tonight and the round was fast, so I had to be fast if I wanted to win something.”

Bradley Bynum and Clint Robinson shared the Round 9 victory, posting the fastest runs of the NFR – 6.9 seconds.

“I thought he had that round won outright – it was a heck of a run,” Robinson said. “Sixes don’t happen just regularly; it’s gotta be pretty masterful work.”

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Maass is No. 2 in the NFR average race, one spot ahead of Cooper. With a $7,949 difference between second- and third-place money in the average, Saturday night’s runs will decide the world championship. Continue Reading

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Dec 10

Kaycee Feild, Tuf Cooper Make Strides in Effort to Defend Their World Championships

Kaycee Feild

Dec. 9, 2012 – Bareback Rider Kaycee Feild finishes in first place on Classic Pro Rodeo”s Kattle Katie in round 4 of the 2012 Wrangler NFR. Photo courtesy of PRCA, photo credit Mike Copeman.

LAS VEGAS – Winning back-to-back gold buckles is a feat in and of itself.

In this era of ProRodeo, repeating as world champion after earning that title for the very first time is almost unheard of.

Yet that’s what bareback rider Kaycee Feild and tie-down roper Tuf Cooper have their sights set on in 2012, and they each took a major step in accomplishing that goal during Sunday night’s fourth round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in front of another record crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center.

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Feild, who finished the regular season in first place, has padded his lead by winning more than $50,000 over the first four nights of the NFR, and on Sunday he earned his second go-round victory. Feild spurred Classic Pro Rodeo’s Kattle Katie to 87 points.

“The horse really helped me out,” the Payson, Utah, cowboy said. “My feet felt like they were up to my ears. I’m happy with the way it turned out.”

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Feild put $18,257 in his pocket, boosting his lead in the world standings to nearly $30,000 over three-time World Champion Will Lowe. Feild also leads Lowe by six points in the average race.

The last time that a first-time world champion bareback rider defended his title was Marvin Garrett, when he backed up his 1988 gold buckle with another one a year later. Feild’s father, Lewis, is part of that elite club as well, as he won his first bareback riding world championship in 1985 and defended it in 1986.

“I just put all that stuff to the side,” Feild said. “You’ve got to get it out of your head, or you’ll get bucked off.”

In tie-down roping, Cooper regained the world lead in what has been a seesaw battle with Justin Maass over the first four nights.

The Decatur, Texas, cowboy roped and tied his calf in 7.8 seconds to grab his second go-round victory of this year’s NFR.

“I had a better draw than most people tonight,” Cooper said. “I forgot how good (my horse) Roanie is. I left too early coming across the line, so I slowed down hard to readjust and let the calf get out. Most horses, when you pick up and idle like that, rear up. Roanie slows down and stays low to the ground, so she helps me out a lot.”

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Dec 5

Follow the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on GAC & Facebook!

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

GAC will once again deliver LIVE coverage of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo every night at 10p|9c from December 6-15! Catch every round and every ride as the very best cowboys and barrel racers in the world compete for World Championship Gold Buckles. Check out our special WNFR section for photos, videos and more, straight from Las Vegas!

Throughout the WNFR, Wrangler Western is allowing some of the biggest and brightest stars of ProRodeo to take over their Facebook page. The Wrangler Western Facebook Takeover lineup features World Champion cowboys, rodeo personalities, and western-lifestyle influencers who will interact with nearly 800K Facebook fans by posting status updates, photo and videos from the rodeo.

In addition to having the chance to get a glimpse into a day in their lives, fans will also be able to interact directly with the Wrangler NFR celebrity by asking questions and receiving real-time answers. The Facebook Takeover launches Thursday, December 6 with nine-time World Champion All-Around cowboy Trevor Brazile.

To take part in the Facebook Takeover, head to www.facebook.com/wranglerwestern. You can also follow along on Wrangler’s Twitter and Pinterest pages.

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Nov 15

Pro Rodeo 101 Gives Fans a Crash Course in All Things Pro Rodeo

GAC’s Suzanne Alexander and Justin McKee catch up with Trace Adkins at the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will take place December 6 – 15 in Las Vegas. Often called the Greatest show on Dirt, the rodeo brings in the top cowboys in seven categories of competition. Intrigued? But don’t understand rodeo? No problem.

Pro Rodeo 101, premiering Thursday, November 15 at 10p|9c will teach fans old and new the who, what, when and why of each rodeo category. GAC’s Suzanne Alexander is joined by Justin McKee, an announcer at top Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) events, at the Cross Bell Ranch in Copan, Oklahoma to learn everything there is to know about rodeo. Continue Reading

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Dec 11

World Champions Crowned Following Round 10 of Wrangler NFR

Luke Branquinho

Luke Branquinho photo by Mike Copeman, courtesy of PRCA.

If ever there was a reason for Luke Branquinho to shake his booty at the Thomas & Mack Center, this was it.

Branquinho – who routinely performs the celebration dance in the arena following fast times – won his third world title and first since 2008. He came out on top in the pivotal average race after a 4.7-second run that earned a sixth-place check in front of 17,720 fans during Round 10 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on Saturday.

Championship Saturday at the Wrangler NFR featured a relatively equal number of veteran champions and gold-buckle newcomers. Branquinho was joined in the veterans category by saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy and barrel racer Lindsay Sears. Newcomers to the world champion club included bareback rider Kaycee Feild, team ropers Turtle Powell and Jhett Johnson, tie-down roper Tuf Cooper and bull rider Shane Proctor.

A trio of steer wrestlers had a strong chance to win the world going into the final round, but Branquinho earned the average title with a time of 41.9 seconds on 10 head. He claimed checks in nine of 10 rounds to earn a Wrangler NFR record $146,779 in his event. That pushed his season total to $234,518 – more than $56,000 ahead of second-place Shawn Greenfield, who also took second in the average.

“Winning one is amazing, but winning three – I can’t even explain it,” Branquinho said. “Just to be in the situation to win one, let alone three, is an amazing feeling.”

Branquinho saw his two closest competitors – Greenfield and Jason Miller – break the barrier for 10-second penalties in Round 10.

“Those guys were going in there knowing they had to win good in the rounds to stay ahead in the average and get the money they needed,” Branquinho said. “They were taking a chance, you know. If I was in their situation, knowing that I had to win good in the go-rounds, I maybe would have clipped the barrier, too. But, that’s just rodeo. It happens day in and day out in rodeo, and unfortunately for those two, it happened in Round 10 at the NFR.”

GAC celebrated the union of rodeo, country music and Wrangler in December by broadcasting the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo live, December 1-10 at 10/9c each night. Plus, eight-time All-Around Champion, Trevor Brazile played host to Suzanne Alexander and Joe Nichols on his ranch, deep in the heart of Texas in our special, Inside the WNFR 2011. Whether you are new to the sport or a die-hard fan, this must-see show gives you the 4-1-1 on all the rodeo event categories from Steer Wrestling and Barrel Racing, to the death-defying Bull Riding event.

Watch streaming highlights from each round of the WNFR here »

Check out our WNFR photo gallery, updated daily with photos from each round »

In his fourth Wrangler NFR, Cooper didn’t have the week he might have dreamed about, but he still won $46,731 and held off a fierce challenge from fellow Texan Cody Ohl and Idaho cowboy Matt Shiozawa. Cooper took sixth in the final round with a 9.6-second run and finished seventh in the average.

“We didn’t have the Finals that we were expecting, and if you look back on paper, that’s the ones we were expecting,” Cooper said. “It’s definitely worked out the way we wanted it to, and it all works out in the end.

“Everything’s going to change from this point on. We’re trying to take the steering wheel and do the driving instead of being along for the ride. I’ve got a big responsibility to a lot of people, and I’m going to try to do the very best job that I can.”

Cooper won $192,042 on the season — $18,266 ahead of Shiozawa, who won the average title for the first time in his five trips to the Finals.

One cowboy who didn’t have to sweat it out on Saturday was Feild. After winning or splitting the win in five of the first nine rounds, he locked up his first world championship. But he still had some unfinished business heading into Round 10. He was within spitting distance of the Wrangler NFR average record set in 2008 by Justin McDaniel, and he held a slim lead in the Ram Top Gun Award standings over saddle bronc rider Jesse Wright.

Mission accomplished.

Feild topped Carr Pro Rodeo’s MGM Deuces Night for 87 points to win an event record sixth Finals go-round and top the average record by 1.5 points.

“Like I said, I wanted to come out here and dominate,” Feild said. “Beating the average record wasn’t my goal coming in, but through the week I looked up the score and knew what I would have to do to beat it. So, I kind of made that my goal.”

Winning a Ram truck thanks to his $179,327 – a Wrangler NFR record in bareback riding and for any cowboy competing in a single event – was just icing on the cake for a year in which Feild earned an event record $319,986.

Feild wasn’t the only one setting Wrangler NFR records.

Team ropers Powell and Johnson bested the year-old earnings record ($120,419 set by Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith in 2010) with $125,625 during their 10 days in Las Vegas. To put that in perspective, Powell entered the Wrangler NFR with just $69,782 won, while Johnson had $71,487. The two placed in seven rounds and won the average titles as Powell went from 13th to first in the heading world standings and Johnson went from 12th to first in the heeling standings.

It’s the first world title for each of the ropers, Powell from Stephenville, Texas, and Johnson from Casper, Wyo.

“I told Jhett this morning we should have met for breakfast at 5 o’clock, because we were both laying there staring at the ceiling,” Powell said. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve dreamed of backing in the box in the 10th round at the NFR with the championship on the line, but it’s a lot different than I expected. That’s the hardest steer I’ve ever run I my life.”

Johnson had a tough angle for his heel loop and caught just a single hind leg as the team finished sixth in the round with a time of 10.0 seconds. Clay Tryan and Travis Graves failed to place in the round, but took third in the average and finished a close second – less than $8,000 behind the leaders.

“When Turtle’s rope went on, that steer shot back to the right, which put me in a bad position,” Johnson said. “I was just trying to find a place to get a shot then. I knew I had to catch him. It wasn’t the loop I’ve always dreamed about in that situation, but I got him.

“I didn’t think I’d ever get one (a world championship). I’m a lot closer to the end of my career than the beginning.”

After leading the world standings nearly all season, Proctor found himself in a close battle with three-time World Champion J.W. Harris that left the gold buckle in doubt down to the final two bull rides of the Wrangler NFR. When Harris bucked off in the final round, Proctor was assured of the world title. Unfortunately, Proctor was bucked off and stepped on by his draw, Powder River Rodeo’s Black Attack. Suffering a broken left arm, Proctor lay motionless in the arena for several minutes before being carried out by the Justin Sportsmedicine Team. He was X-rayed at the arena and surgery is being arranged.

Proctor finished fourth in the average and amassed $238,249 in earnings. Harris finished the year with $209,361 after earning $78,317 at the Finals. Wrangler NFR rookie L.J. Jenkins claimed the average title by riding six bulls for 501 points.

Muncy, the 2007 world champion, placed sixth in the final round with an 81.5-point ride aboard 2009 PRCA Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year Spring Planting to hold onto second place in the average race and fend off Jesse Wright for his second world championship.

Muncy earned $94,471 during his 10 days in Las Vegas and edged Wright by just $8,540 after Wright earned a Wrangler NFR record $160,962 in the event. Wright also topped the average record – by 1.5 points – set by his brother Cody in 2010. Despite all that, it was Muncy who claimed the gold buckle.

“I just had to focus on myself and I couldn’t worry about what Jesse was doing,” Muncy said. “It was awesome to watch him ride; I’ve never seen someone spur over a horse’s head like he did. He had a heck of a week, and I’m thankful to have another gold buckle.

“The first time I won the world, it was my first year and I was really going hard and everything fell into place. I didn’t really know how hard you have to work to get another one. This took a lot of work, and it means a lot to me.”

Lindsay Sears locked up her second barrel racing world title with a 13.75-second run in Round 10 on Saturday. She took second in the round, locked up the average title and finished the year with $238,864. When it was all said and done, she won the title by more than $55,000 over second-place Brittany Pozzi.

53rd annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
December 10, 2011
Tenth round

Bareback riding: 1. Kaycee Field, Payson, Utah, on Carr Pro Rodeo’s MGM Deuces Night, $17,885; 2. (tie) Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, and Clint Cannon, Waller, Texas, 86, $12,404 each; 4. Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore., 85.5, $7,500; 5. Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash., 85.0, $4,615; 6. Cody DeMers, Kimberly, Idaho, 83.5, $2,885; 7. (tie) Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., and  Wes Stevenson, Lubbock, Texas, 82 each; 9. Jason Havens, Prineville, Ore., 80.5; 10. Casey Colletti, Pueblo, Colo., 75.5; 11. (tie) Brian Bain, Culver, Ore.; Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas; Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore.; Matt Bright, Azle, Texas, and Royce Ford, Briggsdale, Colo., NS. Average: 1. Kaycee Feild, Payson, Utah, 860.5 points on ten head, $45,865; 2. Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore., 833.5, $37,212; 3. Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 827.5, $29,423; 4. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 824.0, $21,635; 5. Casey Colletti, Pueblo, Colo., 820.0, $15,577; 6. Clint Cannon, Waller, Texas, 817.5, $11,250; 7. Cody DeMers, Kimberly, Idaho, 803.5, $7,788; 8. Jason Havens, Prineville, Ore., 775.5, $4,327; 9. Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash., 736.5 on nine head; 10. Wes Stevenson, Lubbock, Texas, 713.5; 11. Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas, 640.5 on eight head; 12. Matt Bright, Azle, Texas, 542.5 on seven head; 13. Brian Bain, Culver, Ore., 485.0 on six head; 14. Royce Ford, Briggsdale, Colo., 380.0 on five head; 15. Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., 329.0 on four. World standings: 1. Kaycee Field, $319,986 (single-season record); 2. Will Lowe, $235,134; 3. Bobby Mote, $180,672; 4. Steven Dent, $161,924; 5. Casey Colletti, $155,672; 6. Ryan Gray, $137,257; 7. Cody DeMers, $115,285; 8. Clint Cannon, $112,226; 9. Brian Bain, $108,200; 10. Steven Peebles, $100,972.

Steer wrestling: 1. (tie) Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore., and Mickey Gee, Wichita Falls, Texas, 3.6 seconds, $16,010 each; 3. (tie) Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb., and Casey Martin, Sulphur, La., 4.0, $9,087 each; 5. Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D., 4.1, $4,615; 6. Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 4.7, $2,885; 7. Sean Mulligan, Coleman, Okla., 5.0; 8. (tie) Todd Suhn, Hermosa, S.D., and  Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., 5.7 each; 10. Shawn Greenfield, Lakeview, Ore., 13.5; 11. Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho, 13.9; 12. Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore., 14.0; 13. Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif., 14.9; 14. Jason Miller, Lance Creek, Wyo., 17.5; 15. Stockton Graves, Newkirk, Okla., NT. Average: 1. Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 41.9 seconds on 10 head, $45,865; 2. Shawn Greenfield, Lakeview, Ore., 50.1, $37,212; 3. Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore., 50.7, $29,423; 4. Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D., 53.5, $21,635; 5. Jason Miller, Lance Creek, Wyo., 54.3, $15,577; 6.   Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif., 56.6, $11,250; 7. Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore., 71.8, $7,788; 8. Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb., 40.8 on nine head, $4,327; 9. Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., 43.0; 10. Sean Mulligan, Coleman, Okla., 57.8; 11. Todd Suhn, Hermosa, S.D., 62.5; 12. Mickey Gee, Wichita Falls, Texas, 67.7; 13. Casey Martin, Sulphur, La., 56.0 on eight head 14. Stockton Graves, Newkirk, Okla., 37.6 on seven head; 15. Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho, 41.6. World standings: 1. Luke Branquinho, $234,518; 2. Shawn Greenfield, $178,420; 3. Jason Miller, $177,455; 4. Trevor Knowles, 167,860; 5. Dean Gorsuch, $141,857; 6. Billy Bugenig, $125,107; 7. Jake Rinehart, $124,123; 8. Mickey Gee, $96,747; 9. Casey Martin, $93,496; 10. Olin Hannum, $93,059.

Team roping: 1.  (tie) Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., and Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif./Broc Cresta, Santa Rosa, Calif., 3.6 seconds, $16,010 each; 3. Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas/York Gill, Memphis, Tenn., 3.8, $10,673; 4. Jake Barnes, Scottsdale, Ariz./Walt Woodard, Stephenville, Texas, 6.9, $7,500; 5. Matt Sherwood, Pima , Ariz./Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., 8.6, $4,615; 6. Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas/Jhett Johnson, Casper, Wyo., 10.0, $2,885; 7. Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont./Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 11.2; 8. Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore./Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M., 20.2; 9. (tie) Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas/Patrick Smith, Midland, Texas; Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz./Cesar  de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz.; Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz./Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas; Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas/Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas; Brady Tryan, Huntley, Mont./Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.; Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga./Brad Culpepper, Poulan, Ga., and Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash./Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., NT. Average: 1. Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas/Jhett Johnson, Casper, Wyo., 57.5 seconds on nine head, $45,865 each; 2. Jake Barnes, Scottsdale, Ariz./Walt Woodard, Stephenville, Texas, 72.4, $37,212; 3. Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont./Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 79.7, $29,423; 4. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas/Patrick Smith, Midland, Texas, 48.1 on eight, $21,635; 5. Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 56.5, $15,577; 6. Matt Sherwood, Pima , Ariz./Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., 40.1 on seven, $11,250; 7. Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga./Brad Culpepper, Poulan, Ga., 46.8, $7,788; 8. Brady Tryan, Huntley, Mont./Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 53.8, $4,327; 9. Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas/York Gill, Memphis, Tenn., 35.4 on six head; 10. Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif./Broc Cresta, Santa Rosa, Calif., 21.3 on five head; 11. Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas/Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas, 25.8; 12. Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz./Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas, 36.1; 13. Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz./Cesar  de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 46.0; 14. Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore./Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M., 32.9 on four head; 15. Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash./Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 32.2 on three head. World standings (headers): 1. Turtle Powell, $195,407; 2. Clay Tryan, $189,649; 3. Matt Sherwood, $159,706; 4. Chad Masters, $150,013; 5. Trevor Brazile, $144,751; 6. Jake Barnes, $139,760; 7. Derrick Begay, $134,043; 8. Erich Rogers, $132,236; 9. Brady Tryan, $129,061; 10. Luke Brown, $122,334. World standings (heelers): 1. Jhett Johnson, $197,112; 2. Travis Graves, $189,649; 3. Cory Petska, $170,472; 4. Jade Corkill, $152,976; 5. Patrick Smith, $144,751; 6. Walt Woodard, $139,775; 7. Kory Koontz, $135,070; 8. Cesar de la Cruz, $134,043; 9. Jake Long, $129,061; 10. Martin Lucero, $122,334.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, 87.5 points on Bar T Rodeo’s Eight Ball, $17,885; 2. Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa, 86.5, $14,135; 3. Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn., 84, $10,673; 4. Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., 83.5, $7,500; 5. Jacobs Crawley, College Station, Texas, 82.5, $4,615; 6. Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 81.5, $2,885; 7. Ty Atchison, Jackson, Mo., 81; 8. Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 80; 9. Bradley Harter, Weatherford, Texas, 77; 10. (tie) Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La.; Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La.; Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D.; Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D.; Sam Spreadborough, Snyder, Texas, and Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, Mont., NS. Average: 1. Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 848.5 points on 10 head, $45,865; 2. Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 801.0, $37,212; 3. Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa, 747.0 on nine head, $29,423; 4. Bradley Harter, Weatherford, Texas, 708.0, $21,635; 5. Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D., 571.5 on seven, $15,577; 6. Jacobs Crawley, College Station, Texas, 544.0, $11,250; 7. Ty Atchison, Jackson, Mo., 528.5, $7,788; 8. Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, 505.0 on six head, $4,327; 9. Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., 488; 10. Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn., 412.5 on five head; 11. Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, Mont., 371; 12. Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D., 328 on four head; 13. Sam Spreadborough, Snyder, Texas, 228.5 on three head; 14. Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., 83.0 on one head; 15. Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 79.5. World standings: 1. Taos Muncy, $249,914; 2. Jesse Wright, $241,374; 3. Wade Sundell, $223,974; 4. Cody Wright, $214,142; 5. Bradley Harter, $169,769; 6. Chad Ferley, $116,050; 7. Jesse Bail, $108,301;  8. Tyler Corrington, $98,823; 9. Jacobs Crawley, $95,633; 10. Cody DeMoss, $78,891.

Tie-down roping: 1. Clif Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 7.4 seconds, $17,885; 2. Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas, 7.5, $14,135; 3. Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 8.1, $10,673; 4. (tie) Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, and Tyson Durfey, Colbert, Wash., 8.7, $6,058 each; 6. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 9.6, $2,885; 7. Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, 9.8; 8. Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, 10.6; 9. Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla., 12.8; 10. Jerrad Hofstetter, Portales, N.M., 15.9; 11. Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., 16.9; 12. (tie) Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La.; Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas, and Scott Kormos, Teague, Texas, NT. Average: 1. Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, 88.3 seconds on 10 head, $45,865; 2. (tie) Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas, and Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 89, $33,317 each; 4. Tyson Durfey, Colbert, Wash., 89.2, $21,635; 5. Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, 97.4, $15,577; 6. Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla., 99.9, $11,250; 7. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 100.6, $7,788; 8. Scott Kormos, Teague, Texas, 82.7 on nine head, $4,327; 9. Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 83.3; 10. Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., 99.4; 11. Jerrad Hofstetter, Portales, N.M., 99.7; 12. Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas, 64.9 on eight head; 13. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., 82.8; 14. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 75.1 on seven head; 15. Clif Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 48.0 on six head. World standings: 1. Tuf Cooper, $192,042; 2. Matt Shiozawa, $173,776; 3. Cory Solomon, $158,963; 4. Ryan Jarrett, $149,230; 5. Tyson Durfey, $139,852; 6. Cody Ohl, $139,763; 7. Hunter Herrin, $136,965; 8. Clint Cooper, $132,957; 9. Adam Gray, 130,336; 10. Trevor Brazile, $123,841.

Barrel racing: 1. Jane Melby, Backus, Minn., 13.71 seconds, $17,885; 2. Lindsay Sears, Nanton, Alberta, 13.75, $14,135; 3. Angie Meadors, Blanchard, Okla., 13.94, $10,673; 4. Jeanne Anderson, White City, Kan., 13.99, $7,500; 5. Christina Richman, Glendora, Calif., 14.08, $4,615; 6. Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore., 14.09, $2,885; 7. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 14.21; 8. Jill Moody, Letcher, S.D., 14.30; 9. Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, Texas, 18.80; 10. Jody Sheffield, Ogden, Utah, 18.83; 11. Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas, 18.94; 12. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 19.03; 13. Tammy Fischer, Ledbetter, Texas, 19.14; 14. Britany Fleck, Mandan, N.D., 19.15; 15. Sue Smith, Blackfoot, Idaho, 24.26. Average: 1. Lindsay Sears, Nanton, Alberta, 139.50 seconds on ten runs, $45,865; 2. Christina Richman, Glendora, Calif., 142.20, $37,212; 3. Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore., 142.95, $29,423; 4.Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 145.29, $21,635; 5. Jeanne Anderson, White City, Kan., 146.68, $15,577; 6. Jody Sheffield, Ogden, Utah, 150.15, $11,250; 7. Angie Meadors, Blanchard, Okla., 151.24, $7,788; 8. Tammy Fischer, Ledbetter, Texas, 151.40, $4,327; 9. Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, Texas, 153.44; 10. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 154.65; 11. Jane Melby, Backus, Minn., 155.47; 12. Jill Moody, Letcher, S.D., 163.54; 13. Britany Fleck, Mandan, N.D., 172.38; 14. Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas, 173.46; 15. Sue Smith, Blackfoot, Idaho, 175.91. World standings: 1. Lindsay Sears, $238,864; 2. Brittany Pozzi, $192,725; 3. Sherry Cervi, $183,838; 4. Lisa Lockhart, $159,710; 5. Carlee Pierce, 136,274; 6. Jane Melby, $122,994; 7. Brenda Mays, $120,269; 8. Jody Sheffield, $118,218; 9. Christina Richman, $113,926; 10. Angie Meadors, $112,892.

Bull riding: 1.  Wesley Silcox, Santaquin, Utah, 90.5 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Outlaw, $17,885; 2. (tie) L.J. Jenkins, Porum, Okla., and Tyler Willis, Wheatland, Wyo., 87.5, $12,404; 4. Seth Glause, Cheyenne, Wyo., 85.5, $7,500; 5. Tate Stratton, Kellyville, Okla., 84, $4,615; 6. Bobby Welsh, Gillette, Wyo., 79.5, $2,885. 7. Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla., 75.5; 8. Clayton Savage, Cheyenne, Wyo., 75; 9. 9. (tie) Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash.; Jacob O’Mara, Prairieville, La.; J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas; Clayton Foltyn, El Campo, Texas; Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas; Steve Woolsey, Payson, Utah and Cody Whitney, Asher, Okla., NS. Average: 1. L.J. Jenkins, Porum, Okla., 501 points on six head, $45,865; 2. Bobby Welsh, Gillette, Wyo., 491.0, $37,212; 3. Tyler Willis, Wheatland, Wyo., 423.5 on five head, $29,423; 4. Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash., 399.5, $21,635; 5. J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas, 353.5 on four head, $15,577; 6. Jacob O’Mara, Prairieville, La., 345.5, $11,250; 7. Clayton Savage, Cheyenne, Wyo., 318.0, $7,788; 8. Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla., 303, $4,327; 9. Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas, 269 on three head; 10. Seth Glause, Cheyenne, Wyo., 257.5; 11. Tate Stratton, Kellyville, Okla., 250.5; 12. Wesley Silcox, Santaquin, Utah, 180 on two head; 13. Cody Whitney, Asher, Okla., 178.5; 14. Steve Woolsey, Payson, Utah, 172.5; 15. Clayton Foltyn, El Campo, Texas, 85.5 on one head. World standings: 1. Shane Proctor, $238,249; 2. J.W. Harris, $209,361; 3. L.J. Jenkins, $161,314; 4. Bobby Welsh, $154,372; 5. Jacob O’Mara, $151,706; 6. Tyler Willis, $146,558; 7. Wesley Silcox, $133,149; 8. Chandler Bownds, $121,562; 9. Cody Whitney, $108,088; 10. Seth Glause, $105,473.

Coverage and standings provided courtesy of the PRCA and ProRodeo.com.

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Dec 10

Kaycee Feild Clinches First World Title in Wrangler NFR Round 9

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Kaycee Feild photo by Mike Copeman, courtesy of PRCA.

While it was pretty much a foregone conclusion after he won the first three rounds of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and followed it up with two more victories in the rounds that followed, Kaycee Feild officially joined his ProRodeo Hall of Fame father, Lewis, in the world champions club during Round 9 on Friday.

Feild split fourth-place money with Ryan Gray and Wes Stevenson in front of 17,822 fans at the Thomas & Mack Center to push his Wrangler NFR earnings to $115,577. He still leads the bareback riding average standings heading into the rodeo’s final round on Saturday and continues to lead the Ram Top Gun Award standings – so there’s plenty on the line going into the final round. He just won’t have to worry about the gold buckle.

“I didn’t realize I’d won it, actually,” said Feild, who picks up the gold buckle in just his fourth trip to the Wrangler NFR. “I knew I had to do good tonight to win it. I wished I could have done a little better tonight, but I’m just as happy as I can be.”

Feild has already tied Bobby Mote for the most round wins in a single Wrangler NFR with five and could break both the bareback earnings records for an entire season and the Wrangler NFR – both set by Bobby Mote in 2009. He’s also needs an 86-point ride in Round 10 to break Justin McDaniel’s average record of 859 points on 10 rides – set in 2008.

The celebration will have to wait, however, for Kaycee.

“I went out last night (Thursday) and said, ‘Hi,’ to some friends, but was back in bed at a decent time,” Feild said. “I’ll probably do the same thing tonight. I think I’ll wait until I get home for the real celebration.”

Lewis Feild was happy to join a select list of father-son world champions. There have been five such previous combinations: Deb (saddle bronc riding) and Jeff Copenhaver (tie-down roping); John W. and John W. Jones Jr. (steer wrestling); John and Clark McEntire (steer roping); Butch and Rope Myers (steer wrestling), and Bobby (bull riding) and Sid Steiner (steer wrestling).

“It’s a dream come true,” said Kaycee’s dad, Lewis, who won two world titles in bareback riding and three in the all-around in the 1980s. “I’ve gone through those same things myself, and to watch my son do it, I don’t know how it could get any better. I guess I could have a grandson do it, but that’s a little ways down the road.”

GAC is celebrating the union of rodeo, country music and Wrangler in December by broadcasting the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo live, December 1-10 at 10/9c each night. Plus, eight-time All-Around Champion, Trevor Brazile plays host to Suzanne Alexander and Joe Nichols on his ranch, deep in the heart of Texas in our special, Inside the WNFR 2011. Whether you are new to the sport or a die-hard fan, this must-see show gives you the 4-1-1 on all the rodeo event categories from Steer Wrestling and Barrel Racing, to the death-defying Bull Riding event.

Watch streaming highlights from each round of the WNFR here »

Check out our WNFR photo gallery, updated daily with photos from each round »

Wrangler NFR rookie Casey Colletti picked up his seventh check of the week and his first Finals round victory with an 87.5-point ride on Smith, Harper and Morgan’s Jessie’s Girl.

“Seen that horse two or three times and dreamed of getting on her,” Colletti said. “When Royce (Ford) texted me last night and said I had her, I was up at 7 o’clock this morning and couldn’t sleep I was so fired up. You dream of getting on horses like that.” Continue Reading

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Dec 9

Jason Miller Moves Into Wrangler NFR Steer Wrestling Average Lead in Round 8

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Jason Miller photo by Mike Copeman, courtesy of PRCA.

Steer wrestler Jason Miller moved into the average lead when he won his third round of the week in front of 17,558 fans Thursday night at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Miller of Lance Creek, Wyo., topped Round 8 with a 3.9-second run that was one-tenth of a second faster than Billy Bugenig and Mickey Gee. Miller has failed to place just once – in Round 6 – at the Finals as he moved to second in the world standings. He trails California bulldogger Luke Branquinho by just $9,659 in the world standings with two rounds to go.

“It’s going to come right down to the go-rounds every single night,” Miller said. “A guy can’t look at the average and think he’s going to do well in the average, because it’s go-rounds the next two nights with everybody tight right there at the end. It’s going to be decided on Saturday night.”

Even after taking the lead on his run, Miller had to sweat out runs by Branquinho and Shawn Greenfield, the other two cowboys who came into tonight in the top three in the average race.

“When Luke went, I thought he was going to have a chance to win the round,” Miller said, “and when Shawn went, I thought he was going to have a chance to win the round.”

Branquinho’s steer didn’t fall cleanly, and his 6.8-second run was out of the money, which dropped him to third in the average – a race he’d led much of the week. Greenfield didn’t place in the round with his 4.6-second run, but held onto second place in the average.

“If Luke or Shawn beat me, I should have just done better earlier in the year or earlier on in the Finals,” said Miller, who has won $78,173 in Las Vegas. “Really, we’re not competing against each other. You draw a steer, and you have to be as fast as you can on that steer every night, and whoever’s the fastest goes to the pay window. If one of them two guys beat me, well, I should have done better earlier. It’s my fault, so hats off to them.”

GAC is celebrating the union of rodeo, country music and Wrangler in December by broadcasting the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo live, December 1-10 at 10/9c each night. Plus, eight-time All-Around Champion, Trevor Brazile plays host to Suzanne Alexander and Joe Nichols on his ranch, deep in the heart of Texas in our special, Inside the WNFR 2011. Whether you are new to the sport or a die-hard fan, this must-see show gives you the 4-1-1 on all the rodeo event categories from Steer Wrestling and Barrel Racing, to the death-defying Bull Riding event.

Watch streaming highlights from each round of the WNFR here »

Check out our WNFR photo gallery, updated daily with photos from each round »

Three-time defending World Champion J.W. Harris won his third round of the week with an 87.5-point ride on Korkow Rodeo’s Black Velvet to claim a $17,885 payday and take over the lead in the average race as he tries to make up ground on world standings leader Shane Proctor. Harris trails the season-long leader by $19,946, but Proctor is only fourth in the average race and there’s a $24,230 difference between first and fourth in the average payout.

“I’m in the position that I want to be,” Harris said. “I’ve just got to keep Continue Reading

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Dec 8

Taos Muncy Shows World Championship Form in Round 7

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Taos Muncy photo by Greg Westfall, courtesy of the PRCA.

New Mexico cowboy Taos Muncy turned in the best regular season of his career, but he had mustered only a split of third and two fourth-place checks in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo’s first six rounds.

The 2007 world champion changed that on Wednesday when he rode Korkow Rodeos’ Blew Apart for 86.5 points to win Round 7 in front of 17,180 fans at the Thomas & Mack Center. The win moved him from third to second in the pivotal average race and pushed his Finals earnings to $41,971.

“I was just hoping to stay on, really,” Muncy said. “That was a real nice horse that I hadn’t really seen much before. He had bucked off some pretty good guys, so I was excited to draw him.”

Muncy leads Cody Wright by nearly $18,000 in the world standings, but Cody’s little brother, Jesse, is the one he’s watching in his rear-view mirror. Jesse Wright placed third in Round 7 and leads the average race by a wide margin – 34.5 points – over Muncy.

“Anytime you win, it’s real important,” Muncy said. “I didn’t have a bad weekend, but it’s awesome to get a go-round buckle. Winning a round at the biggest rodeo in the world means a lot.”

GAC is celebrating the union of rodeo, country music and Wrangler in December by broadcasting the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo live, December 1-10 at 10/9c each night. Plus, eight-time All-Around Champion, Trevor Brazile plays host to Suzanne Alexander and Joe Nichols on his ranch, deep in the heart of Texas in our special, Inside the WNFR 2011. Whether you are new to the sport or a die-hard fan, this must-see show gives you the 4-1-1 on all the rodeo event categories from Steer Wrestling and Barrel Racing, to the death-defying Bull Riding event.

Watch streaming highlights from each round of the WNFR here »

Check out our WNFR photo gallery, updated daily with photos from each round »

Winning the round meant a lot to Wrangler NFR rookie Erich Rogers and his veteran partner, Kory Koontz.

“Winning that round tonight felt so good,” Rogers said after turning in a 3.7-second run with Koontz. It was just the third check of the week for the pair, but their second straight after splitting fourth place with a 3.9-second run in Round 6. “I’ve thought about taking that victory lap so many times.” Continue Reading

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Dec 7

Chandler Bownds Wins Round 6 of the Wrangler NFR

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Chandler Bownds photo by Greg Westfall, courtesy of the PRCA.

Resistol Bull Riding Rookie of the Year Chandler Bownds celebrated twice in front of 17,277 fans on Tuesday night at the Thomas and Mack Center.

The Lubbock, Texas, cowboy turned in an 89-point ride on Rookie Night at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to win Round 6 and move to fifth in the world standings. It’s been feast or famine for Bownds, who won Round 2 with a 91-point ride on Robinson Pro Rodeo’s RMEF Bugle and won on Tuesday, but failed to make the eight-second whistle in the other four rounds.

The top rookies in each of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association events and the top Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racer were all recognized with their Montana Silversmiths buckles during the performance on Tuesday.

“I’ve had a little tough luck this Finals; I slapped my first bull and my fifth bull,” Bownds said. “But every time I ride, I hope to win the round, and I’ll take whatever I can get when I ride.”

Bownds earned $17,885 on Tuesday for his winning ride on Sutton Rodeos’ Crystal Springs Peach. He and bullfighter Darrell Diefenbach each took a hit from the bull following the ride. Bownds was left with a “good-sized hematoma on my butt, but it will be all right. I’ll be able to keep riding; it’s just a popped blood vessel.

“I had a good bull from the Suttons, and he came around left to start and then went back around to the right,” Bownds said. “He hung me out there at the end, and I had a bad get-off and he threw me over his outside shoulder.”

GAC is celebrating the union of rodeo, country music and Wrangler in December by broadcasting the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo live, December 1-10 at 10/9c each night. Plus, eight-time All-Around Champion, Trevor Brazile plays host to Suzanne Alexander and Joe Nichols on his ranch, deep in the heart of Texas in our special, Inside the WNFR 2011. Whether you are new to the sport or a die-hard fan, this must-see show gives you the 4-1-1 on all the rodeo event categories from Steer Wrestling and Barrel Racing, to the death-defying Bull Riding event.

Watch streaming highlights from each round of the WNFR here »

Check out our WNFR photo gallery, updated daily with photos from each round »

World-standings leader Shane Proctor rode for 86 points on Tuesday and split third place with Tyler Willis. He retained his lead in the standings and moved up two spots to fourth in the average race as he tries to hold off three-time World Champion J.W. Harris in the Wrangler NFR’s final days.

Now that he’s survived a traditionally slow start, four-time World Champion Bareback Rider Bobby Mote is ready to bank a few extra bucks for Christmas. He got the ball rolling with a third-place check in Round 5 and gave it a huge shove forward with a first-place check worth $17,885 on Tuesday.

Mote topped Classic Pro Rodeo’s Nutrena’s Wise Guy for 87 points to easily win the round and push his Wrangler NFR earnings to $28,558. He’s seventh in the world standings and third in the average race after six rounds. Mote moved his Wrangler NFR bareback riding record to 22 round victories with the win.

“That horse has been around for quite a while, and he’s a winner,” said Mote, who saw Steven Dent finish third in the first round on the same horse. “Typically, if somebody who rides good has that horse, they’ll be in the 90’s or high 80’s. That’s what you need here; you need a great horse, because they’re all so good.”

Utah cowboy Kaycee Feild turned in an 84.5-point ride to finish third in the round and maintain his lead in both the world standings and the average race. In fact, he’s on pace to break Justin McDaniel’s Wrangler NFR average record of 859 points on 10 head, set in 2008.

Highmore, S.D., cowboy Jake Rinehart had earned less than $7,000 in the first five rounds of steer wrestling, but turned in his best run of the week and stopped the clock at 3.6 seconds and claim the first-place check in Round 6.

“That was my main goal, to break into the three-second mark,” said Rinehart, who rides his 19-year-old horse, Eight Ball. “I needed to be a heck of a lot quicker, and just to get a time in the threes was great. I knew that steer left hard and ran good. I knew if I got a good start tonight, I could cover him up pretty quick. As soon as I left the corner (of the box), I felt like I had a great start.”

Luke Branquinho placed second for the third time and continued his streak of placing in each of the rodeo’s six rounds. He’s first in the world standings, first in the average race and moved into first in the Ram Top Gun standings.

Branquinho leads Feild $80,048 to $78,462. The cowboy or cowgirl who wins the most money during the Wrangler NFR in a single event will earn the Top Gun award – which includes a new Ram truck.

After clinching his record ninth all-around world championship in Round 4, Trevor Brazile had a quiet night on Monday. That was not the case in Round 6, however, as he and partner Patrick Smith won the round in team roping. The two turned in a 3.5-second run to claim the top spot, edging a pair of teams that tied for second with runs of 3.8 seconds.

“We’re going to keep going at them every night,” Brazile said. “We don’t rodeo all year to come out here and rope safe. We’re trying to win as much as we can, and make it an interesting race.”

The round proved to be historically fast in the team roping, as teams had to be four-flat or better to win a check on the night, a first in Finals team roping history.

“When the tempo gets set like that, guys start to get even more fired up, but it also lets everyone be loose,” Smith said. “I think it actually relieves some of the pressure, because you know you’re going to have to turn it loose and try to be three seconds to place.”

Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Goin South propelled Wrangler NFR rookie Tyler Corrington of Hastings, Minn., to his first Finals victory on Tuesday. It was the second round win for Goin South, who carried Wade Sundell to victory in Round 1. Corrington marked the horse for 86 points, while Sundell topped him for 85.5.

“I just wanted to go out there and have fun,” said Corrington, who had failed to mark a qualified ride in each of the past two rounds. “That horse has been around for a while. I’d seen him quite a few times, and I always wanted to get on him. I was tickled to draw him.”

Taos Muncy, the 2007 world champion, took fourth in the round and continues to lead the world standings, while Jesse Wright holds a 36-point lead over Bradley Harter in the average race and sits fourth in the world standings.

Ryan Jarrett, the 2005 all-around world champion, picked up his first Wrangler NFR win in 2011 with a 7.4-second run in tie-down roping on Tuesday.

“I really didn’t change my game plan,” he said referring to his mindset after his 21.1-second run in Round 2. “I came in 14th, and all I can do is go up. I just want to come across there, get close to the barrier and hope I draw a good one.”

Tuf Cooper continues to lead the world standings in the event. However, six-time World Champion Cody Ohl is first in the average and third in the world standings after finishing fourth in Round 6.

Three-time World Champion Sherry Cervi won Round 6 with a 13.93-second run to maintain her lead in the average race and the third spot in the barrel racing world standings behind Brittany Pozzi and Lindsay Sears. Pozzi is just fifth in the average, while Sears sits a close second behind Cervi.

“I knew it was really close,” Cervi said of a round in which the top four barrel racers were separated by just four-hundredths of a second. “It was a really good barrel race tonight. It’s been good every night, I think. There’s still a lot of rodeo left. I think we’re all giving it our best and trying to go as fast as we can every night.” Continue Reading

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