Abilene rodeo is favorite for cowboy; second night of rodeo competition continues
Abilene, Kans. August 2, 2018 – Joe Lufkin loves coming to the Abilene rodeo.
After the second night of competition at the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo in Abilene, Kan., the Sallisaw, Okla. man leads the saddle bronc riding with a score of 86.5 points.
If his score would hold through Saturday night, it would be the second time he has won the Abilene Rodeo. He won first place in 2013, and was reserve champion the previous year.
He rode the Andrews Rodeo Co. horse Cracker Jack, a seven-year- old mare that was originally a bareback horse but was just switched to the saddle bronc riding.
Lufkin was unsure of how the horse would buck, as she had never been in the saddle bronc riding. He was to compete at the Sidney, Iowa rodeo tonight, but he knew the horse he drew in Sidney probably wouldn’t get him a good score, so he came to Abilene. Cracker Jack was “real electric, that’s for sure.”
Lufkin is ranked in the top thirty in the PRCA world standings, and his plan for the rest of the rodeo season is simple: “”win as much money as I can.” Abilene is one of his favorite rodeos. “I love coming to this rodeo. The committee here is great, Mike (Mathis) is a great announcer, Sammy (Andrews) has great horses. I love coming here.”
Bareback rider Bill Tutor is having a good year, and his ride in Abilene continued the streak.
The 26-year-old cowboy made an 83 point ride on the Andrews Rodeo Co. horse Dusty Diamond to take the lead in his event. He’d seen fellow bareback rider Jake Brown ride the horse in Helotes, Texas, and knew the animal “was going to be fantastic. She was really nice, really electric. She had enough timing so I could get a good seat on her. She just felt awesome.”
Tutor is ranked third in the PRCA world standings and qualified for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the pinnacle of the pro rodeo sport, last year. Being one of the top fifteen bareback riders in the world has given him a mental boost. “It gives you a little confidence,” he said. “Last year, getting to go to the (Wrangler NFR) was one of the greatest feelings in the world. You expect more out of yourself. That’s the key in this sport, having a good mental outlook.”
Other fast times and high scores from the Thursday night performance include steer wrestler Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss. (4.7 seconds); tie-down roper Cole Wilson, Osage City, Kan. (10.0 seconds); team ropers A.J. Horton and Kyle Horton, both of Stigler, Okla. (4.6 seconds); and barrel racer Ali Armstrong, Lexington, Okla. 17.5 seconds. In the bull riding, only one man made a qualified ride. Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla., scored 88 points. He is in second place for the weekend, behind Sage Kimzey (90.5 points).
The third night of the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo presented by Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers of Salina continues August 3 in Abilene at Eisenhower Park. The performance is the rodeo’s annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink night, with voluntary donations collected for local persons receiving cancer treatment through the Elsie Broosk Memorial Cancer Fund.
Rodeo tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children ages 4-10. They can be purchased at the gate. For more information on the rodeo, visit WildBillHickokRodeo.com
Cutline: Oklahoma’s Joe Lufkin leads the saddle bronc riding after the second performance of the Abilene rodeo. He won the rodeo in 2013 and was reserve champion in 2012. Photo by Fly Thomas.
Fast times and high scores from the August 2, 2018 performance – Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo – Abilene, Kansas
- Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas 83 points on Andrews Rodeo Co.’s Dusty Diamond; 2. Zach Hibler, Wheeler, Texas 80; 3. (tie) Cody Kiser, Carson City, Nev. and Will Martin, Goodwell, Okla. 76 each.
- Cole Wilson, Osage City, Kan. 10.0 seconds; 2. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 15.2; 3. Blake Ash, Aurora, Mo. 20.0; no other qualified runs.
- 1.Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss. 4.7 seconds; 2. Cody Pratt, Pueblo, Colo. 5.2; 3. Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La. 14.4; 4. Brad Ralph, Wann, Okla. 25.7.
Saddle Bronc Riding
- Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla. 86.5 points on Andrews Rodeo Co.’s Cracker Jack; 2. Logan Allen, Crescent, Iowa 83; 3. Weston Pierschbacher, Kellerton, Iowa 79; 4. Bradley Harter, Loranger, La. 76.5.
- A.J. Horton, Stigler, Okla./Kyle Horton, Stigler, Okla. 4.6 seconds; 2. Blake Hughes, Sulphur, Okla./Braden Harmon, Tuttle, Okla. 6.6; 3. Ty Bryant, Abilene, Kan./Taylor Schotte, Marysville, Kan. 20.2; no other qualified runs.
- Ali Armstrong, Lexington, Okla. 17.65 seconds; 2. Ceri McCaffery, Wayne, Okla. 17.71; 3. Micah Samples, Abilene, Kan. 18.20; 4. Sebrina Morrison, Guthrie, Okla. 18.30.
- Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla. 86 points on Andrews Rodeo Co.’s Hard Knox; no other qualified rides.
** All results are unofficial. For complete results, visit www.prorodeo.com.