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OCTOBER 2, 2020 VOLUME 68, NO. 20

Tie-down roper Clint Robinson split the win at the Gooding (Idaho) Pro Rodeo with an 8.6-second run, Sept. 18. W.T. Bruce photo

So Gooding There were plenty of happy feelings at the Gooding (Idaho) Pro Rodeo as guys cashed in for money for the world standings and points for the ProRodeo Tour. 40

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RODEOS 18 2020 PRCA world 60 2020 Circuits STANDINGS COVER Stetson Wright rides Burch Rodeo’s Lunatic Nephi, Utah Xtreme Bulls 38 Stephenville, Texas 40 Gooding, Idaho 42 Stoneham, Colo. 6 Director’s Cut 8 Brain teasers 10 Hot takes 12 Grille 14 He said-she said 16 Social media 22 Short round 52 Results 66 PRCA notes 28 Rapid City, S.D. ProRodeo Tour Finale 36

William Kierce photo Steer roper Garrett Hale won the average at the Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo in Stephenville, Texas, Sept. 24. Capital times for cowboys in Texas The final weekend of the season saw the Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo in Stephenville, Texas, play a role in helping determine the PRCA | RAM World Standings. 38

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IN HIS WORDS PARKER M C COWN Bull rider realizes dream by making Wrangler NFR

I did well in 2019, and when I bought my (PRCA) card for 2020, I felt like I had more knowledge and was able to ride the bulls better than I had before. I matured more, had fun and made things happen. This season, I worked out a bunch doing ab workouts and cardio, and I was able to get on a bunch of practice bulls. I think staying tuned up and trying to ride every bull I got on the same, exact way was my plan, and I got things done. I tore my meniscus in my right knee when I was riding practice bulls at my house in the middle of May, and I had knee surgery in the beginning of June. My knee was locked up for a week. The doctor had to go in there and do a little bit more than he thought. I wasn’t worried about my season being ruined because a lot of rodeos were being canceled at that time (because of the COVID-19 pandemic). I returned frommy knee injury the last weekend of June and was ready to ride. With the COVID-19 pandemic canceling rodeos, we just had to work around it, go to different rodeos and make the best of things. I went to a lot of rodeos in places I never thought I would ever go, but it was cool seeing all these different rodeos. I was traveling with Foster McCraw and J.T. Moore, and that was fun. They are some of my best buddies, and I’ve known them forever. I’m also still competing for Hill College (in Hillsboro, Texas) and I’m going to continue to do that to keep my skills sharp, but college rodeoing and competing in the PRCA are

completely different in terms of the level of competition. I’m super excited to get to compete at the NFR. This is a dream come true. I’m just blessed to have all the stuff I do have and the talent that I have. Being able to compete in Arlington is going to be cool because it is only 3½ hours from

Parker McCown, who stands 5-foot-8 and weighs 150 pounds, has shown high-level talent the last couple of years. The Montgomery, Texas, bull rider earned $72,543 to finish first in the 2019 PRCA | RAM Rodeo Permit Standings. McCown broke several PRCA permit records along the way. McCown’s success translated to his rookie year in 2020, as he finished 11th in the regular season PRCA | RAM World Standings with $55,561. McCown, who turns 21 in November, will make his Wrangler National Finals Rodeo debut at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, Dec. 3-12.

Montgomery. I’m going to have a bunch of my family there. At the NFR, I’m just going to go at it the same way I do every other one. I’m going to try and not make too much of things. I know I’m going to be competing in front of the most people that I ever have, but I want to try and keep a level head and go at every bull the same way. A lot of what I do as a bull rider is mental. I know if I buck off a few, I start getting mad at myself and nothing goes right. I just have to have faith and confidence in myself and know that I can do it. I have been on some great bulls in my career in the PRCA, like Frontier Rodeo’s Magic Poison when I had a 91-point ride at the Cody (Wyo.) Xtreme Bulls in July of 2019. And I had a 90-point ride on Andrews Rodeo’s Velocity at the (Old Fort Days Rodeo) in Fort Smith, Ark., in May of 2019. Those are two of my most memorable rides. At this year’s NFR, I would like to get on Powder River Rodeo’s SweetPro’s Bruiser (the 2017 PRCA Bull of the Year and the top bull of the NFR in 2015, 2017 and 2019) if he is there. I have never been on that bull and would love to get that opportunity.

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Cowboys & Faces

Here’s a look at five PRCA cowboys. Can you match them clean-shaven to their mustaches?

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Word Search Find last year’s season winners from the RAMCalifornia Circuit Finals Rodeo in Lancaster and the RAMBadlands Circuit Finals Rodeo in Minot, N.D. Cowboys who won more than one event at both rodeos appear for each win. Names may be forward, backward, horizontal, vertical or diagonal. Circuit Showdowns 1. Find winners from Lancaster. BB: Cache Hill SW: Dakota Eldridge TR: Doyle Hoskins/Monty Joe Petska SB: Reed Neely TD: Colton Farquer GB: Megan Champion BR: Colby Demo T D B W T E V T R E Y Y O U N G W W R G A I T T U C O L B Y D E M O M W M W O A D S D J G G V T M N I M P D U Y U F H V N O S L E N E O J S S E O O G C T Q L X O S R H N I A O P H B U D H G R N S G H R E G D V M I S R D L W D P H D D A G R T L P A E P U O K L T R D H Q C E U Z A N B U A Y E F N I C S N R L A E J M L E R D V C B B A G J N D C O Q P N K H Z T A A J D Q C H G G G P Y O E H E C Y O I R L N J K C R C Y A B N V Q J T E D Q S T P Z E X U H U A Z K C M L Y O V F L R P A A C D Z N L U P X C I T O P K V V S Y O E O E J L H J R J A H F H C G G I I P I O I C V L H T Q C O U X A N Q E N R R O S E D B X R D M C S S G X T Z J E D H C U A N E L V U H R R A M M W K F H T L Y B I P L S Y V J J S I R R A H A D N A M A U T F L S B I Y T O R D I H Y Q H J Y A Q A Z B O L L J A H N W X G U T Z E L T J L R L K V U Q R M N O R T T E L W O H E I M A J P K Q P P B S M Y 2. Find winners from Minot. BB: Jamie Howlett SW: Joe Nelson TR: Turner Harris/Jade Nelson SB: Shorty Garrett TD: Trey Young GB: Amanda Harris BR: Chance Schott BONUS QUESTIONS 1. Who was the clown/barrelman in Lancaster last season? 2. Who was the clown/barrelman in Minot last season?

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PRCA bull rider Ky Hamilton is having an outstanding rookie season. The Australian native is headed to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as a top-three finisher after ending the regular season with $89,447. G’Day, Ky!

“I’ve always loved the sport of bull riding, being able to get on an animal that’s so much bigger and stronger than you, and riding them and making it look effortless. I watch a lot of bareback and saddle bronc riding and enjoy watching them make it look so easy that I feel like I could do it, but you know deep down it’s not that easy.” – KY HAMILTON

NEXT ON TAP RAM COLUMBIA RIVER CIRCUIT FINALS RODEO Where: Hermiston, Ore. When: Oct. 2-3

What: As the new season begins, the RAM CRCFR has moved venues and switched dates because of COVID-19. Normally set in Yakima, Wash., in January, the RAM CRCFR moves to Oregon and gives cowboys a chance to qualify for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo and to win money that counts toward the PRCA | RAM World Standings. Coverage: Cowboy Channel and the PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus app RAM CALIFORNIA CIRCUIT FINALS RODEO Where: Red Bluff, Calif. When: Oct. 9-10 What: The RAM CCFR will be one of the first circuit finals rodeos to happen. Contestants will hit Red Bluff knowing that a berth in the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo means a chance to win money that counts toward the PRCA | RAM World Standings. Coverage: The PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus App 308

HOT TAKES Jackie Jensen photo Jesse Brown had 2020’s top steer wrestling times.

Beat That! Steer wrestler Jesse Brown finished the 2020 regular season with the two fastest times. On the final weekend of the regular season, Brown stopped the clock in 3.2 seconds to win the second round of the Gold Buckle Beer ProRodeo Tour Finale in Rapid City, S.D., Sept. 25. His 3.2 tied for the second fastest of 2020. It was a bit of a bookend for Brown, who set the season’s top mark at 3.1 in Denver in January.

NUMBER OF PRCA-SANCTIONED RODEOS IN THE 2020 SEASON AS OF OCT. 1

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COWBOY GRILLE WITH TRACY RENCK

What was the experience like to compete in the PRCA in 2020? Kincade: Right after I turned 18, I got my (PRCA) permit, and I got to go to Lake Charles (La.) and San Angelo (Texas). I won quite a bit on my permit ($8,075), and then I went to one rodeo with my (PRCA) card before things got shut down in (mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic). Then we went back, and over the Fourth of the July I placed at three or four rodeos, which was cool. What did you enjoy most about your PRCA rookie year? Kincade: It was cool to get to compete against my heroes and having the confidence that I can butt heads with them. Who is your rodeo idol? Kincade: It is weird because he’s young too, but I’ve been watching Ty Harris rope since I was a sophomore in high school, and he’s always been my hero. Are you college rodeoing? Kincade: Yes. I’m in my freshman year at Panola College in Carthage, Texas. I’m going to college rodeo and compete in the PRCA. My 2021 (PRCA) season started in Hempstead, Texas, (Oct. 1-3). I also will be able to compete at Fort Worth (Texas), San Antonio and Houston. I’m going to go as hard as I can. The coach at Panola is Jeff Collins, and he won the PRCA bareback riding world championship in 2000, so he completely understands what it takes to college rodeo and compete in the PRCA. Has being a PRCA tie-down roper always been a goal for you? Kincade: It has been my goal since I was a little kid to make the NFR. My dad (Chad) was a (tie-down roper) and my mom (Melody) ran barrels, so I’ve always been around rodeo. Do you have any brothers or sisters? Kincade: I have an older brother, Jace, 21, and an older sister, Keely, 20. What horse are you riding? Kincade: I bought a little bay gelding the spring before last, and his name is Darrel, and he’s 11. He’s not very big but he scores, and he can fly. He has a lot of run. When you are not rodeoing what do you enjoy doing? Kincade: I do a lot of duck hunting. What other sport did you do besides rodeo growing up? Kincade Henry turned 18 in January, and a month after his birthday he bought his PRCA card. The Mount Pleasant, Texas, tie-down roper finished 31st in the 2020 PRCA | RAM World Standings and second in the PRCA | Resistol Rookie Standings with $25,787. That effort has Henry full of ambition for the 2021 season as he eyes his first bid to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

KINCADE HENRY

Kincade: I played baseball. I wanted to play in the MLB when I was a little kid, and then in my eighth-grade year, I started taking rodeo more seriously, so I quit baseball and focused on rodeo. Then my junior year, I played baseball for my high school (Chapel Hill), and my senior year I was a pitcher and shortstop for the school team. What is your favorite sports team? Kincade: The LSU Tigers football team. It was great to see them win the national championship last year. What movie do you enjoy watching? Kincade: The Ridiculous 6 Western comedy with Adam Sandler. Do you have a favorite TV show? Kincade: I don’t watch much TV, but when I do it is usually The Cowboy Channel. If cellphones didn’t exist how would that impact you? Kincade: I would probably get a lot more practice time. I’m not one of those guys who is always on the phone, but I do use my phone. What is your favorite type of social media? Kincade: Instagram. I think it is a good platform for sponsors and all that to get your name out there. What is your favorite restaurant? Kincade: The Rodeo Rose Café in Mount Pleasant. When I’m there, I get chopped steak, and they have some good buttermilk pie. What is your favorite candy? Kincade: Skittles. What rodeo do you most want to go to? Kincade: RodeoHouston. I will get to go there (in 2021). I’m excited about that.

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10 QUESTIONS He Said – She Said Who knows Wrangler NFR team roping heeler Tyler Worley better, his wife, Brittany, or his traveling partner, Jeff Flenniken?

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WHO IS HIS RODEO IDOL?

Clay O’Brien Cooper

Clay O’Brien Cooper

Billie Jack Saebens

WHAT RODEO IS ON HIS BUCKET LIST TO WIN?

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Bon Jovi

WHAT’S HIS FAVORITE RESTAURANT?

Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse

WHAT’S HIS FAVORITE THING BRITTANY COOKS?

Cajun Alfredo

Cajun Alfredo

Tacos

WHO WEARS THE PANTS IN THE FAMILY?

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Phone call

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Phone call

WHAT’S HIS FAVORITE MOVIE?

Tombstone

Tombstone

Hot Tub Time Machine

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Sassafras

Hi-Chew

Hi-Chew

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Duck

Duck

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2020 PRCA RAM WORLD STANDINGS

Unofficial as of Oct. 1, 2020. For the 2020 season (Oct. 1, 2019-Sept. 30, 2020), official rodeo limits are as follows: all-around, 70; bareback riding, 100; steer wrestling, 85; team roping, 65; saddle bronc riding, 100; tie-down roping, 85; barrel racing, 100; and bull riding, no limit. Bull riders can count Xtreme Bulls events toward the PRCA World Standings, but not toward the all-around standings.

ALL-AROUND 1. Stetson Wright, Milford, Utah............................ $86,584 2. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas................................... 85,547 3. Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.............................. 80,737 4. Zack Jongbloed, Iowa, La.................................... 44,170 5. Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D........................................... 37,509 6. Thomas Smith, Barnsdall, Okla............................ 26,142 7. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas.............................. 25,731 8. Maverick Harper, Iowa, La................................... 17,000 9. Laramie Allen, Llano, Texas................................. 16,057 10. Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss........................ 15,666 11. Luke Gee, Stanford, Mont.................................... 13,619 12. Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah............................ 13,555 13. Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss.................................... 13,433 14. Blake Deckard, Henryetta, Okla............................ 12,308 15. Caleb McMillan, Soap Lake, Wash....................... 10,600 16. Clovis Crane, Lebanon, Pa..................................... 7,580 BAREBACK RIDING 1. Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa.......................... $122,927 2. Kaycee Feild, Genola, Utah................................... 94,892 3. Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba............................... 81,391 4. Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas............................ 77,672 5. Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif........................... 70,973 6. Jamie Howlett, Rapid City, S.D............................ 66,583 7. Richmond Champion, Stevensville, Mont............ 64,149 8. Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn........................... 61,726 9. Mason Clements, Draper, Utah............................ 58,501 10. Leighton Berry, Weatherford, Texas..................... 53,386 11. Jess Pope, Marshall, Mo..................................... 49,612 12. Cole Reiner, Kaycee, Wyo.................................... 45,043 13. Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas.............................. 42,778 14. Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D....................................... 39,334 15. Chad Rutherford, Hillsboro, Texas....................... 37,412 16. Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La.................................... 35,512 17. Taylor Broussard, Estherwood, La....................... 31,484 18. Wyatt Bloom, Belgrade, Mont.............................. 30,632 19. Logan Patterson, Kim, Colo................................. 30,165 20. Shane O’Connell, Rapid City, S.D......................... 28,843 STEER WRESTLING 1. Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas...................... $86,944 2. Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La.................................... 61,623 3. Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La.......................... 52,678 4. Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev................................... 50,085 5. Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta.......................... 50,047 6. Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan............................. 46,885 7. Jace Melvin, Fort Pierre, S.D............................... 46,225 8. Stetson Jorgensen, Blackfoot, Idaho................... 46,042 9. Jacob Edler, State Center, Iowa............................ 45,607 10. Bridger Anderson, Carrington, N.D...................... 43,877 11. Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore............................... 42,483 12. Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas....................... 41,840 13. Will Lummus, Byhalia, Miss................................ 40,279 14. Jule Hazen, Ashland, Kan..................................... 39,730 15. Jesse Brown, Baker City, Ore............................... 39,495 16. Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, Idaho................................. 37,935 17. Shayde Etherton, Borden, Ind.............................. 36,957 18. Cody Devers, Balko, Okla..................................... 33,552 19. Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont................................... 29,786 20. Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D........................................... 29,384 TEAM ROPING (HEADER) 1. Luke Brown, Rock Hill, S.C................................ $89,665 2. Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.............................. 69,704 3. Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif............................... 69,228 4. Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas......................... 65,509 5. Dustin Egusquiza, Marianna, Fla.......................... 64,176 6. Andrew Ward, Edmond, Okla............................... 63,872 7. Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont.................................... 57,629 8. Charly Crawford, Stephenville, Texas................... 55,229 9. Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn............................ 52,682 10. Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz........................... 52,542 11. Kolton Schmidt, Barrhead, Alberta....................... 51,022 12. Nelson Wyatt, Clanton, Ala.................................. 50,692 13. Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta............................ 50,398 14. Jeff Flenniken, Caldwell, Idaho............................. 49,391 15. Brenten Hall, Jay, Okla......................................... 47,145 16. Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz.................................. 46,557 17. Clay Ullery, Valleyview, Alberta............................ 40,426 18. Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas.................................... 39,713

12. Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas.................................. 28,073 13. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla............................... 27,947 14. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan................................. 26,937 15. Roger Branch, Wellston, Okla.............................. 25,571 16. Jim Locke, Miami, Texas...................................... 24,875 17. Shay Good, Abilene, Texas................................... 19,174 18. Martin Poindexter, Comanche, Texas................... 17,844 19. Trenton Johnson, Blue Mound, Kan..................... 17,777 20. Ora Taton, Rapid City, S.D.................................... 17,337 BULL RIDING 1. Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.......................... $92,334 2. Ky Hamilton, Mackay, Australia............................ 89,447 3. Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas.................. 85,746 4. Dustin Boquet, Bourg, La..................................... 81,566 5. Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho.......................... 73,105 6. Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas..................................... 66,227 7. Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho................. 61,417 8. Stetson Wright, Milford, Utah.............................. 60,646 9. Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo................................... 60,234 10. Colten Fritzlan, Rifle, Colo.................................... 58,408 11. Parker McCown, Montgomery, Texas................... 55,561 12. Tyler Bingham, Honeyville, Utah.......................... 55,558 13. Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla.................................... 55,281 14. Clayton Sellars, Fruitland Park, Fla....................... 53,395 15. Denton Fugate, Niangua, Mo................................ 52,236 16. Levi Gray, Dairy, Ore............................................ 50,275 17. Ruger Piva, Challis, Idaho.................................... 48,274 18. Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah................................... 46,572 19. Dallee Mason, Weiser, Idaho................................ 46,398 20. Brody Yeary, Morgan Mill, Texas.......................... 45,457 BARREL RACING Barrel racing and breakaway roping standings, provided by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), are unofficial, subject to audit and may change. Unofficial WPRA Standings are published by the PRCA as a courtesy. The PRCA is not responsible for the verification or updating of WPRA standings. 1. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas............$86,725 2. Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas.................................78,461 3. Dona Kay Rule, Minco, Texas................................67,454 4. Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas..............................65,022 5. Tiany Schuster, Krum, Texas.................................55,060 6. Jill Wilson, Snyder, Texas.....................................53,371 7. Shelley Morgan, Eustace, Texas............................53,075 8. Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas........................52,389 9. Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D.................................51,371 10. Cheyenne Wimberley, Stephenville, Texas.............47,039 11. Ryann Pedone, Sunset, Texas...............................42,581 12. Emily Miller, Weatherford, Okla.............................42,388 13. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.................................40,904 14. Wenda Johnson, Pawhuska, Okla.........................39,953 15. Brittany Barnett, Stephenville, Texas.....................39,565 16. Jessica Telford, Caldwell, Idaho............................38,477 17. Ivy Hurst, Springer, Okla.......................................36,002 18. Ashley Castleberry, Montgomery, Texas................31,337 19. Michelle Alley, Madison, Texas.............................29,511 20. Kathy Grimes, Medical Lake, Wash.......................25,618 BREAKAWAY ROPING 1. Cassie Bahe, Grantsville, Utah............................$26,524 2. Jackie Crawford, Stephenville, Texas....................21,649 3. Martha Angelone, Stephenville, Texas...................15,918 4. Jordan Fabrizio, Canyon, Texas.............................14,377 5. Katie Mundorf, Mullen, Neb..................................12,297 6. Lari Dee Guy, Abilene, Texas.................................12,109 7. Shelby Boisjoli, Stephenville, Texas......................11,946 8. Tanegai Zilverberg, Holabird, S.D..........................11,266 9. Amanda Coleman, Stephenville, Texas..................10,977 10. Macy Fuller, Wittmann, Ariz..................................10,905 11. Anna Bahe, Grantsville, Utah.................................10,529 12. Kirby Eppert, Seneca, S.D.....................................10,248 13. Hope Thompson, Abilene, Texas...........................10,245 14. J.J. Hampton, Stephenville, Texas........................10,231 15. Erin Johnson, Fowler, Colo.....................................9,277 16. Rickie Engesser, Spearfish, S.D..............................8,321 17. Kelsie Chace, Cherokee, Okla..................................7,465 18. Janey Reeves, Melba, Idaho...................................7,351 19. Amber Crawford, Springtown, Texas.......................7,117 20. Cadee Williams, Weatherford, Texas.......................6,892

19. Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla............................... 39,197 20. Cory Kidd V, Statesville, N.C................................ 38,389 TEAM ROPING (HEELER) 1. Joseph Harrison, Marietta, Okla......................... $70,299 2. Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev....................................... 69,704 3. Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan....................... 63,872 4. Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.................................. 63,227 5. Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil ...... 58,084 6. Travis Graves, Jay, Okla....................................... 56,514 7. Shay Dixon Carroll, La Junta, Colo...................... 56,267 8. Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo..................................... 56,159 9. Logan Medlin, Tatum, N.M................................... 54,621 10. Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas.................... 52,682 11. Paden Bray, Stephenville, Texas........................... 52,542 12. Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D........................................ 51,890 13. Tyler Worley, Berryville, Ark................................. 51,138 14. Hunter Koch, Vernon, Texas................................. 51,022 15. Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont.................................. 47,145 16. Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif.................................... 44,233 17. Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo...................................... 43,784 18. Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas......................... 39,197 19. Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla........................ 38,916 20. Jake Edwards, Ocala, Fla..................................... 38,147 SADDLE BRONC RIDING 1. Wyatt Casper, Pampa, Texas............................ $145,138 2. Ryder Wright, Beaver, Utah................................ 111,336 3. Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo................................. 99,539 4. Shorty Garrett, Eagle Butte, S.D........................... 90,005 5. Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah...................................... 73,269 6. Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D........................................ 54,351 7. Sterling Crawley, Huntsville, Texas....................... 51,608 8. Chase Brooks, Deer Lodge, Mont........................ 51,400 9. Jacobs Crawley, Stephenville, Texas.................... 50,930 10. Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta........................ 50,523 11. Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah................................. 49,946 12. Lefty Holman, Visalia, Calif.................................. 49,670 13. Stetson Wright, Milford, Utah.............................. 47,498 14. Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas............................. 44,832 15. Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.................................... 42,303 16. Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La..................................... 40,976 17. Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah............................. 40,467 18. Dawson Hay, Wildwood, Alberta.......................... 38,315 19. Kolby Wanchuk, Sherwood Park, Alberta............. 37,559 20. Jake Finlay, Goondiwindi, Australia...................... 34,255 TIE-DOWN ROPING 1. Shad Mayfield, Clovis, N.M.............................. $156,668 2. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas................................... 67,189 3. Haven Meged, Miles City, Mont........................... 66,748 4. Tyler Milligan, Pawhuska, Okla............................ 60,919 5. Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas.......................... 60,391 6. Ty Harris, San Angelo, Texas............................... 58,414 7. Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas.......................... 56,168 8. Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas................................ 54,595 9. Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas.............................. 53,168 10. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La................................ 52,299 11. Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla.............................. 52,080 12. Tyson Durfey, Brock, Texas.................................. 47,293 13. Caddo Lewallen, Morrison, Okla.......................... 47,141 14. Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas................................ 46,851 15. Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla................................ 46,049 16. Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas...................... 45,874 17. Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb...................................... 43,373 18. Justin Smith, Leesville, La................................... 41,847 19. Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas.................................. 40,158 20. Ike Fontenot, Ville Platte, La................................ 39,096 STEER ROPING 1. Cole Patterson, Pratt, Kan.................................. $54,598 2. Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas................ 53,210 3. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas............................. 49,797 4. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas.............................. 48,387 5. Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas.................... 46,463 6. Billy Good, Wynnewood, Okla.............................. 36,282 7. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas................................... 35,656 8. J. Tom Fisher, Andrews, Texas............................. 34,183 9. Thomas Smith, Barnsdall, Okla............................ 32,311 10. Garrett Hale, Snyder, Texas.................................. 30,631 11. Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D................................. 28,852

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Tallman named Legend of ProRodeo Honored

P roRodeo Hall of Fame announcer Bob Tallman has been named the 2020 Legend of ProRodeo. Tallman will be honored at the Wrangler Gold Buckle Gala at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth on Nov. 30. “I’ve been the host of the Legend of ProRodeo event three or four times, and I asked (ProRodeo Hall of Fame director) Kent Sturman, ‘Is there somebody older than me who might not be in good health that is more deserving?’” Tallman said. “I have been so over awarded in 50 years, and in one week I got the call to work the (2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo), then I passed my real estate test and then I got a call from Kent Sturman. It was a triple-crown week.” During a five-decade career, Tallman has announced more than 15,000 rodeo performances in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Tallman’s gravel-laced baritone and story-telling prowess are legendary in ProRodeo. In 2020, Tallman will work his record 26th Wrangler NFR at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, Dec. 3-12. Tallman was named the 2019 PRCA Announcer of the Year for the 10th time and was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2004. Born Oct. 25, 1947, in Winnemucca, Nev., Tallman tried his hand as a rodeo competitor, but he quickly discovered his forte was behind a microphone, as evidenced by his first PRCA Announcer of the Year Award in 1982. Tallman’s career began in Fallon, Nev., when he told a rodeo producer he thought he could do a better job than the announcer was doing. The producer told him to give it a try. Tallman earned $100 for that first job and has never looked back. Tallman is the 15th man to be honored as a Legend ProRodeo fans spoke, and the PRCA listened. The result has been spectacular. Less than two weeks after the PRCA announced that the 2020 Wrangler NFR would move to Arlington, Texas, at Globe Life Field, Dec. 3-12, all available seats at Globe Life Field were scooped up during pre-sale for season ticket holders and public sales Sept. 25. “This is what happens when you listen to your fans and shape an event around them,” PRCA CEO George Taylor said. “We’ve worked closely with our partners at Globe Life Field and we’re cooperating with the state and local health authorities to design an event that will be safe and fun. The 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is going to be one for the ages.” Tickets for the Wrangler NFR were sold in blocks of four so that families and close friends could sit together

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of ProRodeo, following Jake Barnes, Jim Shoulders, Clem McSpadden, Harry Vold, Larry Mahan, Shawn Davis, Dean Oliver, Donnie Gay, Benny Binion, Mel Potter, Neal Gay, Michael Gaughan, Keith Martin and Cotton Rosser. The Wrangler Gold Buckle Gala will include a reception at 6 p.m. (CT), followed by a 7 p.m. dinner with live auction and program. Entertainment will be musical artist Paul Bogart.

Wrangler NFR in Texas enjoys brisk ticket sales

safely. Each block of four seats is separated to retain healthy physical distance for fans during the rodeo performances. Contact-limiting measures, such as mobile tickets, have been implemented throughout the event. If the public health situation evolves, there may be additional tickets available. Globe Life Field is working closely with state and local health officials and has created a wait list for fans if additional tickets become available at www. texasrangers.com/NFR. Fans who sign up for the wait list will be given first opportunity to buy tickets that might be made available. Limited suite rentals at Globe Life Field are still available for each performance. For information and availability, fans should email specialevents@texasrangers.com or call 972-RANGERS.

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Breakaway roping champ to be crowned at Globe Life Field

BY THE NUMBERS 1969 The year bareback rider Jim Dix became the first Australian to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo. Dix made the NFR nine consecutive years (1969- 77). Bull rider Ky Hamilton and bareback rider Jamie Howlett – both native Australians – will make their Wrangler National Finals Rodeo debuts this season. Hamilton, a native of Mackay, Queensland, Australia, finished second in the regular season standings with $89,447. Howlett, of Charleville, Australia, finished in the top 10. $8.7K The amount ($8,740) earned by tie-down roper Tyson Durfey to move him from outside the top 15 in the PRCA | RAM World Standings to 12th as of Oct. 1 with $47,293. Durfey won the 2016 tie-down roping world championship. $290K The total money paid out ($290,616) to ProRodeo competitors at the Gold Buckle Beer ProRodeo Tour Finale in Rapid City, S.D., which concluded Sept. 26.

In conjunction with the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, women ropers will compete for the first-ever world championship: the Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping and a $200,000 purse at this three- day event.

of the good people at Wrangler for

helping us make this possible,” PRCA CEO George Taylor said. “We’re giving our fans everything they wanted and more at the Wrangler NFR this year. This 10- day event will be a spectacular fan experience.” The Wrangler NFBR will take place over

Registration for the 2020 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association National Convention is now open at www.prcaconvention.com. The National Convention is scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2020. The gathering will be hosted in two iconic buildings in Fort Worth, Texas – the Omni Fort Worth Hotel and the adjacent Fort Worth Convention Center. Visit Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Sports Commission are the presenting partners for the 2020 PRCA National Convention. “This has been a year of extraordinary change, and we are excited with the convention we have planned,” PRCA CEO George Taylor said. Presentation topics for the “Challenge of Change” convention will focus on the uncertainty ProRodeo endured and overcame throughout the 2020 season and the changes facing professional Breakaway roping is one of the hottest events sanctioned by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is proud to share the venue with some of the best cowgirls in rodeo for this event. The PRCA and the WPRA have been working together for the last year to promote breakaway roping and grow the sport. “We are thrilled that we’ve been able to move breakaway roping to this point and so appreciative

sports in the years ahead. The convention will feature an annual address from Taylor. The event also will include the PRCA Member Tradeshow as well as several topical breakout sessions. Keynote speakers and details of the breakout sessions will be shared over the coming weeks. The PRCA National Convention is the annual meeting of the organization’s members on the achievements of the prior year and announcing new strategic areas of improvement. The evenings are highlighted with the PRCA Welcome Reception set for Dec. 1. The PRCA Annual Awards Banquet will be Dec. 2. The Convention will close on Dec. 3 with Rodeo Committee meetings and the Contract Personnel Council meetings. Registration for the annual Contract Personnel Tradeshow will open Oct. 6. three days during the Wrangler NFR this year. Cowgirls competing for this world championship will be in the arena Dec. 8-10. The Wrangler NFBR will be a separate ticketed event from the Wrangler NFR. Fans unable to attend the Wrangler NFBR at Globe Life Field in December can watch a live stream on the Wrangler Network (www. wranglernetwork.com). It will be rebroadcast at a later date on The Cowboy Channel.

Convention set for Fort Worth

Contract Personnel chosen for Wrangler NFR

Secretary: Sunni Deb Backstrom Assistant Secretary: Amanda Sanders Timers: Toby Dunlavy, Courtney Morehead,

The following Contract Personnel were selected to work the 2020 Wrangler NFR at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, Dec. 3-12: Announcers: Roger Mooney, Andy Seiler, Bob Tallman Music Director: Benje Bendele

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TOUR FINALE

Winners from the Gold Buckle Beer ProRodeo Tour Finale show off their buckles and mugs after claiming titles in Rapid City, S.D. From left: tie-down roper Tyson Durfey, saddle bronc rider Stetson Wright, team roping heeler Brady Minor, header Riley Minor, steer wrestler Jacob Talley, bareback rider Jesse Pope and bull rider Jeff Askey. Jackie Jensen photo

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PRORODEO TOUR FINALE RAPID CITY, S.D.

Despite suffering from detached ribs, Jesse Pope won the 2020 Gold Buckle Beer ProRodeo Tour Finale by a half-point with a 90-point ride on J Bar J Straight Moonshine in the final round.

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Pope overcomes detached ribs to win Tour Finale Pain&Gain BY MATT NABER W hether or not competing with detached ribs was worth the searing pain boiled down to two points for bareback rider Jesse Pope. The 21-year-old cowboy was depending on the Gold Buckle Beer ProRodeo Tour Finale to qualify for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. After making it into the finals on a tiebreaker, Pope won the Tour Finale by a hair, claiming the final round by a half-point margin with 90 points on J Bar J’s Straight Moonshine. ALL-AROUND COWBOY & TOP MONEY WINNER Stetson Wright, $11,525, saddle bronc riding and bull riding BAREBACK RIDING TOP SCORES Wright

1. Jesse Pope ............................. 90 pts. 2. Tilden Hooper ............................ 89.5 STEER WRESTLING 1. Jacob Talley .......................... 3.6 sec. 2. Rowdy Parrott .............................. 4.2 TEAM ROPING 1. R. Minor/B. Minor ................. 4.1 sec. 2. C. Masters/W. Thorp .................... 5.0 SADDLE BRONC RIDING 1. Stetson Wright ....................... 90 pts. 2. Shorty Garrett ............................ 89.5 TIE-DOWN ROPING 1. Tyson Durfey ........................ 8.0 sec. 2. Tyler Milligan ............................... 8.5 BARREL RACING 1. Ryann Pedone .................. 15.97 sec. 2. (Tie) Dona Kay Rule ................. 16.09 Nellie Miller .............................. 16.09 BULL RIDING 1. Jeff Askey .............................. 82 pts. No other qualified rides Complete results/Page 56 $7,500 As the only bull rider to cover his bull in the final round in Rapid City, S.D., Jeff Askey col- lected $7,500 for a Tour Finale total of $10,934.

Pope entered Rapid City, S.D., 14th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings but walked away safely in the fold for the Wrangler NFR, 11th in the world with $47,114. “Man, it means everything,” Pope said as tears filled his eyes. “For as long as I can remember I dreamed about this, calling Mama to tell her I made it is just so exciting, you know.” Pope almost didn’t make the finals. Traditionally, it’s a clean slate during the semifinals at the Tour Finale unless there’s a tie for fourth place. In that case, the two-head average from earlier in the Tour Finale is used as the tiebreaker. Pope was that exception, edging Richmond Champion by two points after notching an average score of 173.5 points on two head. Simply getting to the Tour Finale was a struggle for Pope. In addition to the hurdles brought on by COVID-19, Pope detached his ribs at the Magic Valley Stampede in Filer, Idaho, at the beginning of September. “She (the horse) flipped over and I took a rigging handle to the chest,” Pope said. In Filer, Pope placed sixth with 84.5 points and took home $558. More importantly, he climbed the Tour standings to 12th, ensuring a spot at the last chance to score big during the regular season. “How bad do you want it and what are you willing to do for it?” Pope said. “It hurts like a son of a gun, but if you’re going to be a bear, be a grizzly bear. It will be worth it in December.” The Kansas cowboy is already familiar with overcoming injury. Despite missing two months of competition after injuring his right elbow at the 2019 RAMNational Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla., Pope finished the season 28th in the world and No. 2 in the PRCA | Resistol Rookie Standings with $47,778. Pope didn’t rest on his laurels after winning $8,819 at the 2020 Tour Finale, Sept. 26. He competed at the Gold Buckle Knockout in Stoneham, Colo., four days later. “I take it one at a time, so I was just focused on doing well here until then,” Pope said. Pope plans to hit the gym in preparation for the Wrangler NFR while attending Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo.

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PRORODEO TOUR FINALE RAPID CITY, S.D. Durfey makes NFR, hits $2M

Tie-down roper Tyson Durfey ignored the pain in his back and the numbness in his legs. Going into the Gold Buckle Beer ProRodeo Tour Finale, the 2016 world champion was on the outside looking in at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Durfey knew what was required to get into the Finals on the final weekend of the regular season. So, he went out and posted an 8.0-second run in the final round of the Tour Finale and booked a return trip to the Wrangler NFR by jumping from 20th to 12th in the PRCA | RAMWorld Standings. “I’d like to say that I’m that good, but

it’s the good Lord who got me there,” Durfey said. “I had been fighting a back injury all year and my legs feel numb a lot of the time and have no strength. I had been to 50 rodeos and only placed at a couple, and by the grace of God he gave me the strength to get through it.” Durfey plans on having an MRI later this fall. If surgery is needed, he’ll hold off on it until after the Finals. Durfey battled just to get into the eight-man semifinals, splitting seventh in the two-head average. He went on to win the finals by a half second. “I hadn’t done the math, but I knew I needed to win first and had a chance that was pretty good, and luckily I was able to make a decent run,” said Durfey, who earned $8,740 in Rapid City. “I was a little late on

Alaina Stangle photo Tyson Durfey rode his new horse, Blue Duck, throughout the Tour Finale and won $8,740.

the barrier, but we got it in eight seconds, which is the lucky number for cowboys.” Of the cowboys in the Top 15 for their respective events, Durfey’s jump from 20th to 12th was the biggest during the final full week of the regular season. Not only did the win grant him a spot at the Wrangler NFR, it also pushed him into the $2 million club for total career earnings. Durfey is now one of 33 ProRodeo athletes to break the $2 million mark. “At my age (36), with all the competition coming in, you have to step on it, and it feels good to capitalize on the situation,” Durfey said.

Xxxxxx photo Riley and Brady Minor almost didn’t go to the Tour Finale, but they’re glad they did after winning the final round and netting $9,788.

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