ABILENE RODEO CHAMPS CROWNED
Kansans take titles, Oklahoman wins saddle bronc riding
Abilene, Kans. – August 4, 2018 – The dust has settled in the arena at Eisenhower Park in Abilene, and the curtains are drawn on the 73rd annual Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo.
Champions were crowned in each of seven events: bareback riders Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas and Blaine Kaufman, Pretty Prairie, Kan., split the win with 87 point rides for each man. Steer wrestlers Tom Lewis, Lehi, Utah, and Jule Hazen, Ashland, Kan., tied for first with runs of 4.5 seconds each. In the tie-down roping, Cooper Martin, Alma, Kan., is champion with a time of 8.2 seconds, and team ropers Spencer Mitchell, Orange Cove, Calif. and Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev., were titlists with a time of 4.3 seconds. Cowgirl Hollie Etbauer, Edmond, Okla., won the barrel racing (17.35 seconds), and Braden Richardson, Jasper, Texas won the bull riding (91 points).
Steer wrestler Jule Hazen has competed in Abilene every year since 2004 but has never won a check till this year.
He’s started a new horse that loves steer wrestling. Corona, a nine-year-old mare, was purchased last year. The former owner’s grandkids had ridden her for the barrel racing, and Hazen had sworn he’d never ride a mare for the steer wrestling. “I said, no, I don’t want a mare. But she’s special. She’s got that extra stuff.” Hazen started her on steer wrestling in December, so she’s “green” – inexperienced – but she’s coming around. Corona “has a screw loose,” Hazen said. Steer wrestling horses require “a little bit of that, a renegade who wants to run through the back fence. But she has a God-given talent, and she can really, really run.” Hazen is a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier (2007, 2010, and 2013).
Tom Lewis tied for the steer wrestling title in Abilene.
The Lehi, Utah man rode his horse Maverick while making his 4.5 second run, and owned the horse ridden by his hazer, Trever Nelson. Super Man, the hazing horse, “is a blessing,” he said. “He’s strong, and he and Maverick get along really good.”
The trip to the Kansas rodeos was emotional for Lewis. A year ago, while he was at Kansas rodeos, his mother was diagnosed with cancer. Eight weeks ago, she passed away. “It was tough,” he said. “She fought it for a year, and we had a year to prepare. We spent a lot of time together.”
His perspective has changed. “You realize how fragile life, friendships, and loves are. The things I used to worry about, I don’t worry about anymore.”
Blaine Kaufman, co-champion in the bareback riding, also won the Phillipsburg, Kan. rodeo this weekend. The Pretty Prairie, Kan. cowboy has only competed at sixteen rodeos this year, as family and work obligations keep him close to home. But of those rodeos, he’s won first place or placed at fifteen of them. Kaufman is a two-time Kansas High School Rodeo bareback riding champion and a National High School Rodeo champion in 2011.
Saddle bronc rider Joe Lufkin won his event with a score of 86.5 points on the Andrews Rodeo Co. horse Cracker Jack. Cracker Jack is a former bareback horse who was switched to the saddle bronc riding, and the results were good. His ride “was electric, that’s for sure,” Lufkin said.
The Sallisaw, Okla. cowboy won the Abilene rodeo in 2013 and placed second in 2012.
Next year’s rodeo will be July 31-August 3, 2019. For complete rodeo results, visit ProRodeo.com. For more information on the rodeo, visit WildBillHickokRodeo.com.
Cutline: Saddle bronc rider Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla., won his event at this year’s Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo in Abilene. The rodeo concluded on August 4. Photo by Fly Thomas.
Final Results, Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo – Abilene, Kansas August 1-4, 2018
- (tie) Blaine Kaufman, Pretty Prairie, Kan.87.5 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Cool Water and Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas 87.5 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Fire Water; 3. Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas 83; 4. (tie) Zach Hibler, Wheeler, Texas, Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. and Wyatt Ortega, Groveland, Fla. 81 each; 7. Jared Keylon, Uniontown, Kan. 80; 8. Leighton Berry, Weatherford, Texas 77.5.
- Cooper Martin, Alma, Kan. 8.2 seconds; 2. Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas 8.3; 3. Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas 8.4; 4. Will Howell, Stillwater, Okla. 8.9; 5. Tyler Milligan, Pawhuska, Okla. 9.0; 6. (tie) Tanner Green, Cotulla, Texas and Ty Baker, Van Horn, Texas 9.1; 8. Cole Bailey, Okmulgee, Okla. 9.2.
- (tie) Jule Hazen, Ashland, Kan. and Tom Lewis, Lehi, Utah 4.5 seconds each; 3. Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss. 4.7; 4. Will Lummus, West Point, Miss. 4.9; 5. (tie) Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb. and Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas 5.0 each; 7. (tie) Gavin Soileau, Bunkie, La. and Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan. 5.1 each.
Saddle Bronc Riding
- Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla. 87 points on Andrew Rodeo’s Cracker Jack; 2. Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla. 83.5; 3. (tie) Kash Deal, Dupree, S.D. and Logan Allen, Crescent, Iowa 83 each; 5. (tie) Peter White II, Amarillo, Texas and Dalton Davis, Holcomb, Kan. 81 each; 7. Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas 80; 8. Shade Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 79.5.
- Spencer Mitchell, Orange Cove, Calif./Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev. 4.3 seconds; 2. (tie) Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss./Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla. and A.J. Horton, Stigler, Okla./Kyle Horton, Stigler, Okla. 4.6 each; 4. Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz./Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan. 4.7; 5. (tie) Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla./Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla., Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn./Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla. and Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla./Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo. 4.8 each; 8. Kellan Johnson, Casper, Wyo./Brady Norman, Springer, Okla. 5.0; 9. Garrett Tonozzi, Fruita, Colo./Joe Mattern, Plantersville, Texas 5.1; 10. Aaron Macy, Post, Texas/Wyatt Cox, Arroyo Grande, Calif. 5.3.
- Hollie Etbauer, Edmond Okla. 17.35 seconds; 2. Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texad 17.40; 3. Kassie Mowry, Dublin, Texas 17.44; 4. Michelle Darling, Medford, Okla. 17.45; 5. Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga. 17.53; 6. Kylie Weast, Comanche, Okla. 17.58; 7. Dona Kay Rule, Minco, Okla. 17.60; 8. Ali Armstrong, Lexington, Okla. 17.65; 9. Carolyn Uhler, Holden, Mo. 17.68; 10. Ceri McCaffery, Wayne, Okla. 17.71; 11. Cheryl Wallace, Broken Bow, Neb. 17.75; 12. Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D. 17.76.
- Braden Richardson, Jasper, Texas 91 points on Andrew Rodeo’s Dirty White Boy; 2. Sage Kimzey, Salado, Texas 90.5; 3. Chase Dougherty, Canby, Ore. 88.5; 4. Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Ida. 88;5. (tie) Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla. and Cody Kyle Keathley, Sweetwater, Okla. 86.5 each; 7. Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas 85.5; 8. Dakota Rice, Hermosa, S.D. 85.
** All results are unofficial. For complete results, visit www.prorodeo.com.