2013 Rodeo Results, Awards & News
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Final Results, Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo, July 31-August 3, 2013
Bareback Riding - 2013 Champion: Seth Hardwick, Laramie, Wyo.
1 Seth Hardwick, Laramie, Wyo. 86 points on Andrew Rodeo’s Roly Poly; 2 Joe Gunderson, Agar, S.D. 82; 3 tie Justin Lindquist, Lindsborg, Kan. 78 and Brian Bain, Culver, Ore. 78; 5 Casey Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 76; 6 Brian Leddy, Roll, Okla. 75;
Steer Wrestling - 2013 Co-Champions: Bray Armes, Ponder Texas, Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas, and Stan Branco, Chowchilla, Calif.
1 tie Bray Armes, Ponder, Texas 3.8, Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas 3.8 and Stan Branco, Chowchilla, Calif. 3.8; 4 tie Darrell Petry, Cheek, Texas 3.9 and Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan. 3.9; 6 Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La. 4.0; 7 Ben Shofner, Jasper, Texas 4.2; 8 Weston Taylor, Perryton, Texas 4.3
Saddle bronc riding - 2013 Champion: Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla.
1 Joe Lufkin, Salllisaw, Okla. 85 points on Andrew Rodeo’s Fire Lane; 2 Jacobs Crawley, Stephenville, Texas 84; 3 Cody Wright, Milford, Utah 83; 4 tie Bradley Harter, Weatherford, Texas 81 and Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah 81; 6 tie Joseph Harper, Goodwell, Okla. 80, Travis Sheets, Hyannis, Neb. 80 and Jake Wright, Milford, Utah 80
Tie Down Roping - 2013 Champion: Caddo Lewallen, Morrison, Okla.
1 Caddo Lewallen, Morrison, Okla. 7.8; 2 Cheyenne Harper, Iowa, La. 8.0; 3 Payden Emmett, Ponca, Okla. 8.3; 4 Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas 8.9; 5 Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla. 9.1; 6 tie Tyler Thiel, Belle Fourche, S.D. 9.2 and Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas 9.2
Team Roping - 2013 Co-Champions: Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas/Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla. and Nick Rawlings, Stephenville, Texas/Derrick Peterson, Louisburg, Kan.
1 tie Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas/Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla. 4.3 and Nick Rawlings, Stephenville, Texas/Derrick Peterson, Louisburg, Kan. 4.3; 3 Adam Rose, Willard, Mo./ Billie Saebens, Nowata, Okla. 4.4; 4 Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas/Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas 4.7; 5 Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz./Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz. 4.9; 6 Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas/Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif. 5.1; 7 Parker Warner, Jay, Okla./Dustin Searcy, Mooreland, Okla. 5.2; 8 Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz. 5.3
Barrel racing â€“ 2013 Champion: Sabrina Ketcham, Yeso, N.M.
1 Sabrina Ketcham, Yeso, N.M. 17.41 seconds; 2 Lizzy Ehr, Abilene, Texas 17.54; 3 Natalie Bland, Decatur, Texas 17.69; 4 Morgan Figueroa, Bandera, Texas 17.74; 5 Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla. 17.75; 6 Jaime Barrow, Lake Wales, Fla. 17.76; 7 Stacey Bailey, Cherokee, Okla. 17.79; 8 Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas 17.94; 9 Kristie Riley, Carney, Okla. 17.95; 10 Sally Young, Micanopy, Fla. 17.96
Bull Riding - 2013 Champion: Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas
1 Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas 93 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Deer Me; 2 tie Trey Benton, III, Rock Island, Texas 85 and Austin Meier, Kinta, Okla. 85; 4 Dillon Tyner, Hoyt, Kan. 84; 5 Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. 76; 6 Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas 66
** All results are unofficial.
YELLOW BRICK (RODEO) ROAD LEADS THROUGH ABILENE
Champions crowned at Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo in Abilene
Abilene, Kans. - August 3, 2013 - For a Wyoming cowboy, the Abilene rodeo was just another brick in his yellow road.
And bareback rider Seth Hardwick is hoping his yellow brick road leads to Las Vegas and pro rodeo’s world championship, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
The Laramie, Wyo. cowboy is having the best rodeo year of his life, and his check for $1345 for winning the bareback riding last night at the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo is another step towards qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR), pro rodeo's world championship, held each year in December.
The top fifteen cowboys in each event qualify, and before this weekend's wins, Hardwick was in the fourteenth hole. But after Abilene (he also won the bareback riding in Phillipsburg Saturday night), he’s a step closer to the bright lights of Vegas.
"It's been a pretty good year," said the 24 year old cowboy, who has been a Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association member since 2011. He and his traveling partners have had a different game plan this year. "We’ve tried to rodeo a little smarter and be a little more picky," he said. "We didn’t go as far or kill ourselves driving every single day. Instead of a rodeo every day, we’ve picked out three or four of our favorites and go to them."
Hardwick travels with two other bareback riders: Casey Colletti and Brian Bain, both WNFR qualifiers, and the three are a good mix. "We all have the same goals, and it’s real good for me, because Casey and Brian have both been to the (Wranger) NFR, so they know the little tricks."
With less than two months left in the pro rodeo calendar, the group has a busy few weeks. "We go to Dodge, then to Lawton (Okla.), Hermiston, (Ore.), Sikeston, (Mo.), and Omak (Wash.). We have a lot of flying coming up."
Other event champions include a three-way tie in the steer wrestling: Bray Armes, Stan Branco and Clayton Hass; a tie in the team roping: Luke Brown and Kollin VonAhn, and Nick Rawlings and Derrick Peterson; Joe Lufkin in the saddle bronc riding; Caddo Lewallen in the tie-down roping; barrel racer Sabrina Ketcham, and bull rider Chandler Bownds. The all-around title went to Landon McClaugherty, who competed in both the tie-down and team roping.
For the eighth year, the rodeo brought awareness to cancer through its annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink night on August 2. Fans, contestants, rodeo personnel and committeemen wore pink and voluntary donations were accepted for the Elsie Brooks Memorial Cancer Fund, which offers assistance to Dickinson County resident who have cancer. The amount raised in the past six years is $9500; this year's amount will be announced at a later date.
The rodeo committee battled the weather and heavy rainfalls, keeping the arena and the grounds in excellent condition for livestock and contestants.
Next year will be the 69th year for the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo, which will be held July 30-August 2, 2014. For more information on the rodeo, visit the website at WildBillHickokRodeo.com.
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2012 Rodeo Results, Awards & News
CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT ABILENE RODEO
67th annual event wraps up
Abilene, Kans. - August 5, 2012 - The dust has settled, the big trailers and rigs are gone, the fans are home, and the books wrap up on another successful Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo in Abilene.
Champions were crowned in each of seven events.
Jared Keylon was the only Kansas cowboy to win a title in Abilene. The Uniontown cowboy is having the best year of his career. He's currently ranked No. 13 in the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association standings, with $42,267 won. If he can stay in the top fifteen in the world through September 30, he'll be on his way to his first ever National Finals Rodeo, pro rodeo's world championship held in Las Vegas in December. Keylon has won money at the Abilene rodeo before but has never won the title.
In the saddle bronc riding, Cody Martin, Eagle, Colo., rode Toy Box for 85 points and the win. Martin, who attended Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo., is a Tennessee native. He has competed at the National Finals Rodeo twice.
In the timed events, Chance E. Howard, Cedarville, Ark., won the steer wrestling. Out of 78 steer wrestlers, his time of 3.4 was the fastest. Tie-down roper Chris Demases, Boyd, Texas, took the championship in his event (8.5 seconds), and team ropers Hunter Munsell, Arnett, Okla., and Derrick Jantzen, Ames, Okla. won their event (4.9 seconds.) Barrel racer Kaley Bass bested a field of 69 cowgirls with her run of 17.26 seconds to win the title. Less than four-tenths of a second separated Bass from the number ten cowgirl, Angie Meadors (17.64).
Three Utah cowboys dominated the bull riding, winning the top three places. Chris Roundy, Spanish Fork, scored 89 points on the bull J96, Andrews Rodeo Co., to win first place. The 22 year old cowboy knew nothing about the bull he rode, but stock contractor Sammy Andrews had promised him he’d buck well. "He jumped right, faked to the left, and stayed spinning. I just got lucky enough to stay on." Second and third place in the bull riding went to Steve Woolsey, Payson, Utah, and Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah, respectively.
Funds were raised on Friday, August 2 for cancer patients through the rodeo's annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign. All monies raised went to the Elsie Brooks Cancer Fund of Dickinson County, and fans were asked to wear pink to show their support of cancer awareness. A pink fire truck from Wichita was at the rodeo grounds for the event.
The 2013 rodeo will be held July 31 - August 3. Plans are underway for the 68th annual rodeo.
Final Results, Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo, August 1-4, 2012
1 Jared Keylon, Uniontown, Kan. 86 points on C12 PTSD Power Play, Andrews Rodeo Co.; 2 Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas 85; 3 Joe Gunderson, Agar, S.D. 84; 4 Jeremy Mouton, Scott, La. 83; 5 Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La. 82; 6 tie Blaine Kaufman, Pretty Prairie, Kan. 81 and Justin McDaniel, Porum, Okla. 81
1 Chance Howard, Cedarville, Ark. 3.4 seconds; 2 Tooter Silver, Quitman, Ark. 3.7; 3 Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss. 3.8; 4 Chancey Larson, Manhattan, Kan. 4.0; 5 Jeff Richardson, Kearney, Neb. 4.1; 6 tie Kash Koester, Chandler, Okla. 4.2 and Jason Tapley, Greenbrier, Ark. 4.2; 8 tie Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif. 4.4 seconds and Ryan Swayze, Freedom, Okla. 4.4;
Saddle Bronc Riding
1 Cody Martin, Eagle, Colo. 85 points on LT2 Toy Box, New Frontier Rodeo Co.; 2 Joseph Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla. 84; 3 Travis Darling, Mills, Wyo. 83; 4 Bradley Harter, Weatherford, Texas 81; 5 Tyrel Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba 79; 6 Bobby Griswold, Geary, Okla. 75
Tie Down Roping
1 Chris Demases, Boyd, Texas, 8.5; 2 Jayce Johnson, Hemingford, Neb. 8.6; 3 tie Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla. 9.2 and Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan. 9.2; 5 Brodie Poppino, Big Cabin, Okla. 9.4; 6 tie Perry Dietz, Alva, Okla. 9.6, Jerome Schneeberger, Ponca City, Okla. 9.6 and Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 9.6
1 Hunter Munsell, Arnett, Okla./Derrick Jantzen, Ames, Okla. 4.9; 2 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas/Patrick Smith, Midland, Texas 5.0; 3 Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Neb. 5.3; 4 Manny Egusquiza, Jr., Madison, Ga./Brad Culpepper, Poulan, Ga. 5.5; 5 Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz.,/Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Arz. 5.8; 6 tie Joe Macoubrie, Alva, Okla./Dawson McMaster, Alva, Okla. 6.0 and Trey Harmon, Pocassett, Okla./Braden Harmon, Mustang, Okla. 6.0; 8 tie Andrew Ward, Edmond, Okla./Reagan Ward, Edmond, Okla. 6.5 and Cale Markham, Vinita, Okla./Casey Stipes, Salina, Okla. 6.5
1 Kaley Bass, Davenport, Fla. 17.26; 2 tie Whitney Baker, Stephenville, Texas, 17.39 and Benette Little, Springer, Okla. 17.39; 4 PJ Burger, Pauls Valley, Okla. 17.47; 5 Kim Schulze, Elbert, Colo. 17.54; 6 Sherri Dean, Liberal, Kan. 17.56; 7 Hollie Etbauer, Edmond, Okla. 17.58; 8 Jean Winters, Texline, Texas 17.59; 9 Kynder Starr, Catoosa, Okla. 17.61; 10 Angie Meadors, Blanchard, Okla. 17.64;
1 Chris Roundy, Spanish Fork, Utah 89 points on J96, Andrews Rodeo Co.; 2 tie Steve Woolsey, Payson Utah 88 and Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah 88; 4 tie Shawn Hogg, Gardendale, Texas 86, Clayton Savage, Cheyenne, Who. 86 and Cody Rostockyj, Hillsboro, Texas 86; 7 Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla. 85; 8 Brad Harris, Udall, Kan. 84
** All results are unofficial.
ENERGY, EXCITEMENT ENTICE COWBOY
Second night of rodeo takes place in Abilene
Abilene, Kans. - August 2, 2012 - Fans enjoy the Abilene rodeo because it’s exciting.
Cowboy contestants do, too.
The excitement of pro rodeo and the Abilene rodeo in particular is what brought Apache, Okla. cowboy Bryson Sechrist to Abilene to compete during the first full night of rodeo.
The 20 year old cowboy had the fast time of the night - 9.2 seconds - which put him in second place for the rodeo so far.
Sechrist, in his first year of Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association membership, is leading the Resistol Rookie of the Year Standings for the tie-down roping. He’s also third in the standings for the Prairie Circuit, pro rodeo’s designation of rodeos in Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska.
He will be a sophomore at Western Oklahoma State University in Altus this fall, where he competed in collegiate rodeo. But if his pro rodeo career continues as strong as it has been, he’ll focus on the PRCA rodeos instead of college rodeos. College rodeos are "fun, but the PRCAs are a lot funner. More excitement, more energy," Sechrist said.
He’s hitting the rodeo trail hard, trying to hang on to his first place Rookie standing. "I've got to (compete) where I can," he said. “Them boys in the rookies, they’re catching up to me quick. I have to stay ahead of them.
In the bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, and bull riding, the horses and bulls weren't kind to the cowboys. There were no qualified rides among the 22 contestants. In the steer wrestling, two cowboys tied for fast time of the night. Ryan Swayze, Freedom, Okla., and Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif., both had times of 4.4 seconds. Barrel racer Whitney Baker, Stephenville, Texas, had a time of 17.39 for the night, and team roping brothers Andrew Ward and Reagan Ward, Edmond, Okla., turned in a time of 6.5 seconds for the fast time of the night.
Tough Enough to Wear Pink night is Friday, August 3, during the third night of rodeo. Fans are asked to wear pink to support the fight against cancer, and donations will be taken for the Elsie Brooks Cancer Fund of Dickinson County. Tickets are available through the fair office (785.263.4570) and online at www.ckff.net. More rodeo information can be found at www.WildBillHickokRodeo.com.
Leaders after Thursday, August 2, 2012, Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo
No qualified rides.
1/2 tie Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif. 4.4 seconds and Ryan Swayze, Freedom, Okla. 4.4; 3 Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo. 4.7; 4 Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala. 6.1
Saddle Bronc Riding
No qualified rides.
Tie Down Roping
1 Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla. 9.2 seconds; 2 Joseph Parsons ,Marana, Ariz. 9.9; Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas 11.2; 4 Trell Etbuaer, Gruver, Texas 11.3
1 Andrew Ward, Edmond, Okla./Reagan Ward, Edmond, Okla. 6.5; 2 Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz./Caleb Twisselman, Santa Margarita, Calif. 19.0; 3 Thomas Braman, Victoria, Texas/Cody Hintz, Elida, N.M. 20.6; no other qualified runs.
1 Whitney Baker, Stephenville, Texas, 17.39 seconds; 2 Sherri Dean, Liberal, Kan. 17.56; 3 Angie Meadors, Blanchard, Okla. 17.64; 4 Lindsey Ewing, Midland, Texas 17.67
No qualified rides.
** All results are unofficial. For more information, visit
CONSISTENCY KEY TO WINNING
Bull rider leads the field at Abilene rodeo
Abilene, Kans. - August 1, 2012 - Whatever Chris Roundy is doing right, he's trying to find the secret to his success and keep it going.
The Spanish Forks, Utah bull rider scored 89 points on his bull during the first night of competition at the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo in Abilene to take the lead in his event.
He's been on a winning streak lately. He won third place at rodeos in Spanish Forks, Utah, and Salinas, Calif., and won the rodeo in Nampa, Ida., all in the last ten days.
Consistency is the secret to riding bulls successfully. "When you get on a roll, you just try to find what keeps you up. However you're staying on them, you have to figure out how to do that every time so you can stay on all of them."
Part of his success he credits to his traveling partners. "The people you travel with, you have to have as positive. If you have a guy who's negative in the car, it really takes a downfall on the whole vehicle." Roundy's traveling partners, Lucas Guilbeau, Cameron Bland, and Chandler Bownds have helped him. "I couldn't have done it without them."
Roundy began mutton bustin' when he was three years old, and "it's been an everyday deal since then." He competed at the junior, Little Britches, high school, and college level before becoming a Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association member four years ago.
Leaders in other events include Florida barrel racer Kaley Bass (17.26); steer wrestler Tooter Silver, Quitman, Ark., (3.7); team ropers Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith (5.0), and tie-down roper Chris Demases, Boyd, Texas (8.5). Saddle bronc rider Cody Martin scored 84 points to set the lead in his event.
The second night of rodeo in Abilene takes place on August 2. Tickets are available through the fair office (785.263.4570) and online at www.ckff.net. More rodeo information can be found at www.WildBillHickokRodeo.com.
Leaders after Wednesday, August 1, 2012, Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo:
1 Tooter Silver, Quitman, Ark. 3.7 seconds; 2 Chancey Larson, Manhattan,Kan. 4.0; 3 Jeff Richardson, Kearney, Neb. 4.1; 4 Kash Koester, Chandler, Okla. 4.2
Saddle bronc riding
1 Cody Martin, Eagle, Colo. 84 points; 2 Bradley Harter, Weatherford, Texas 81; 3 Casey McGooden, Doniphan, Neb. 70; no other qualified rides.
Tie Down Roping
1 Chris Demases, Boyd, Texas 8.5 seconds; 2 tie Jerome Schneeberger, Ponca City, Okla. 9.6 and Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 9.6; 4 Scott Kormos, Teague, Texas 14.7
1 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas/Patrick Smith, Midland, Texas 5.0; 2 Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. 5.3; 3 Derrick Begay, Seba Kalkai, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz. 5.8; 4 Trey Harmon, Pocasset, Okla./Braden Harmon, Mustang, Okla. 6.0
1 Kaley Bass, Davenport, Fla. 17.26 seconds; 2 PJ Burger, Pauls Valley, Okla. 17.46; 3 Jean Winters, Texline, Texas 17.59 seconds; 4 Kynder Starr, Catoosa, Okla. 17.61;
1 Chris Roundy, Spanish Forks, Utah 89 points on J26, Andrews Rodeo Co.; 2 Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla. 85; 3 Brad Harris, Udall, Kan. 84; 3 Cody Whitney, Sayre, Okla. 82.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MUTTON BUSTIN WINNERS 8/1/12:
(LEFT TO RIGHT) MACKENZIE CARR - MISS RODEO AMERICA, CHANCE PENNER - 2ND PLACE, JACOB SCHARTZ - 1ST PLACE, ABBEY POMEROY, MISS RODEO K-STATE.
Other Winners will be posted soon - please check back.
2011 Rodeo Results, Awards & News
Final Results, Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo
August 4-6, 2011
All-around cowboy: Garrett Nokes, $1,102, steer wrestling and tie-down roping.
Bareback riding: 1. Winn Ratliff, 86 points on Andrew Rodeo Companyâ€™s Power Play, $1,608; 2. Casey Colletti, 83, $1,218; 3. (tie) Heath Ford and Bo Casper, 81, $731 each; 5. (tie) Clint Cannon and Matt Bright, 80, $292 each.
Steer wrestling: 1. Casey Martin, 4.3 seconds, $1,917; 2. Dane Hanna, 4.7, $1,667; 3. (tie) Sean Mulligan and Royce Johnson, 4.8, $1,292 each; 5. Stockton Graves, 5.0, $917; 6. Darrell Petry, 5.1, $667; 7. Colt Stearns, 5.3, $417; 8. Garrett Nokes, 5.5, $167.
Team roping: 1. Chad Masters/Jade Corkill, 4.1 seconds, $2,247 each; 2. Turtle Powell/Jhett Johnson, 4.3, $2,011; 3. (tie) Justin Yost/Kyle Crick, Kaleb Driggers/Brad Culpepper and Jordan Sanders/Austin Rogers, 4.5 each; $1,538 each; 6. Drew Gartner/Levi Tyan, 4.6, $1,064; 7. (tie) Charly Crawford/Russell Cardoza, and Joel Bach/Allen Bach, 4.7, $710 each; 9. Clay Tryan/Travis Graves, 4.8, $355; 10. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 5.0, $118.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Bradley Harter, 83 points on Andrew Rodeo Companyâ€™s Magic Moment, $1,683; 2. (tie) Shane Hand and Travis Sheets, 81, $1,097 each; 4. (tie) Hardy Braden and Jacobs Crawley, 80, $485 each; 6. Cody Martin, 79, $255.
Tie-down roping: 1. Cimarron Boardman, 7.8 seconds, $1,721; 2. Landon McClaugherty, 8.2, $1,496; 3. (tie) Rhett Ridling, Michael Otero, Jeff Chapman and Garrett Nokes, 8.7, $935 each; 7. Colt Carter, 8.8, $374; 8. (tie) Jerome Schneeberger and Lance Millican, 8.9, $75 each.
Barrel racing: 1. Maegan Reichert, 17.43 seconds, $1,502; 2. Lauren Cox, 17.95, $1,288; 3. Erica Norwood, 18.06, $1,073; 4. Lindsey Ewing, 18.09, $930; 5. P.J. Burger, 18.23, $715; 6. Jana Turner, 18.35, $572; 7. Layna Kight, 18.42, $429; 8. Mary Burger, 18.50, $286; 9. Kelly Beaman, 18.51, $215; 10. Tracy Nowlin, 18.55, $143.
Bull riding: 1. Trey Benton III, 91 points on Andrew Rodeo Companyâ€™s Untouchable, $4,029; 2. L.J. Jenkins, 9, $3,089; 3. Jacob Oâ€™Mara, 89, $2,283; 4. Austin Ambrose, 87, $1,477; 5. Dalton Votaw, 84, $940; 6. Clint Craig, 81, $672; 7. Ty Hamaker, 80, $537; 8. Logan Knibbe, 77, $403.
Total payoff: $76,681. Stock contractors: Andrew Rodeo Company and New Frontier Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Penny Walton. Officials: Sam Minnick and Gary Case. Timers: Darla Kelley and Raine Patterson. Announcer: Mike Mathis. Specialty act: Mark Swingler. Bullfighters: Dustin Brewer and Danny Newman. Clown/barrelman: Mark Swingler. Flankman: James Andrews. Chute boss: Sammy Andrews. Pickup men: Josh Edwards and James Hajek.
Grand Total Payoff includes prize money, day money and committee bonus money:Â $80,381.00
** All results are unofficial.
TITLES WON AT WILD BILL HICKOK RODEO
Louisiana bareback rider wins title, has surprise visitors
Abilene, Kans. - August 6, 2011 - Winn Ratliff drew the horse of his dreams at the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo this weekend.
The bareback rider rode the horse C12 PTSD Power Play of the Andrews Rodeo Co., for 86 points and the bareback riding championship on Saturday night at the rodeo in Abilene, Kansas.
Ratliff, whose traveling partner Heath Ford has ridden Power Play, had wanted to get on that horse for a long time. "I'd always seen him on TV and really liked how he bucked," Ratliff said. "He is real showy, a crowd pleaser." Usually, when Ratliff draws a good horse, he has trouble sleeping the night before. But not for Power Play. "I was excited but I didn't really let it get to me. I got my rest and the good Lord blessed me with the draw."
And in addition to his title win in Abilene, he got a surprise on Saturday night: his parents and sister traveled from their home in southwestern Louisiana to watch Winn compete. "We were traveling from Phillipsburg (Kan.) and my traveling partner's wife said, 'hey, we have some friends coming over and we're going to meet them'' We stopped at a McDonald's and my sister and parents were there. I was glad to see them."
The cowboy claims his strong suit is not bareback riding but bull riding. He didn't pick up bareback riding till his sophomore year in college, and his mom wasn't sure about that. "She doesn't want me to throw my rigging on a bareback horse. She doesn't like how the horses act in the bucking chute." He is the 2011 College National Finals Rodeo all around champion, having competed in both events in college. For right now, he's focusing on the bareback riding in the PRCA.
Ratliff will finish his college education at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. this fall, graduating in December with a degree in secondary education. He plans on earning a master's degree in education administration and pursuing a career as a school superintendent and baseball coach.
Other champions in Abilene included steer wrestler Casey Martin; saddle bronc rider Bradley Harter; tie-down roper Cimarron Boardman; team ropers Chad Masters and Jade Corkill; barrel racer Maegan Reichert, and bull rider Trey Benton III.
CONTESTANT LIST ANNOUNCED FOR RODEO
World Champions to be in Abilene
Abilene, Kans. - (August 1, 2011) - The Sunflower State, and Abilene in particular, will become the destination of much of the pro rodeo world the first week of August.
That's when four rodeos: Hill City, Phillipsburg , Dodge City , and the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo in Abilene take place. And between those four rodeos, cowboys and cowgirls will compete for a little over $212,000 in prize money.
Four rodeos within about 200 miles of each other that offer purses of that size draw the best talent in the rodeo industry to the state, and this year is no different.
Four hundred forty-six contestants have entered the Abilene rodeo, with fan favorites, world champions, and top fifteen competitors in the mix.
Headlining the contestant list are world champions including fourteen time all around champion Trevor Brazile, two time world champion steer wrestler Dean Gorsuch; five time saddle bronc riding champion Billy Etbauer; three time world champion bull rider J.W. Harris, and two time barrel racing champ Brittany Pozzi.
Of the 2010 Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association world champions, four of them will compete in Abilene: Brazile, in the tie-down and team roping; Gorsuch, in the steer wrestling, Harris, in the bull riding, and Patrick Smith, team roping with Brazile.
Within the 446 contestants there are a combined 56 world championships and 401 National Finals Rodeo qualifications.
Many of the timed event contestants will compete in slack, which will be held at 8 am on Wed., August 3 for the tie-down roping, team roping and steer wrestling, and Thurs., August 4 for the barrel racing. Slack is free to the public. The Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo boasts four rodeo performances: a bulls and broncs on August 3, and regular rodeos on August 4-5-6. Tickets are available online at www.ckff.net or at area retailers.
The following cowboys and cowgirls, ranked in the top 15 cowboys and cowgirls in the PRCA and Women's Pro Rodeo Association standings, as of July 12, 2011, will compete in Abilene. They are listed by event below:
Saddle bronc riding
Tie down roping
Team Roping â€“ Heading
Team Roping â€“ Heeling