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CONTENTS SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 – VOLUME 66, NO. 19

Steer wrestler Sterling Lambert stopped the clock in the finals of the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up in 5.6 seconds Sept. 15. Lambert won the average.

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A Cut Above Pendleton pays out and pays off

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RIDE TO WACO Team roping header Payden Emmett eyes first All American ProRodeo title. 48

cowboys jockey to make Top 15 and qualify for Wrangler NFR. 46

BUBBLE BATTLE As season ends,

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INSIDE

28 Puyallup, Wash. Wrangler Tour Finale 36 Pendleton, Ore. 40 Albuquerque, N.M. 42 Lewistin, Idaho 6 in his own words 8 cowboy grille 12 he said, she said 14 brain teasers 16 short round 54 results 72 notes 73 prca business RODEOS

Being aboard Corey & Lange Rodeo’s Amp’d Up in the second round in Puyallup, Wash., helped Parker Breding advance to win the Justin Finale. PRCA ProRodeo photo by Kent Soule 28

STANDINGS

10 2018 PRCA world 57 rookies

59 permits 65 all american

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IN HIS OWNWORDS: WILL LUMMUS COWBOY READY FOR FIRSTWRANGLER NFR

O n Oct. 7, it will be my one-year wedding anniversary. My wife, Jenna, and I live in Byhalia, Miss. We’re about 30 miles from Memphis, which is close to the airport, which works well, because I get to fly in and out. I’ve got two rodeos this weekend and I’m done. I’ve also got the All American Finals (in October), but I’m home, I’m glad to be home. It’s been going great. I’m as much of a homebody as she is. I love being home. It’s been a little tough being away so much, but it hasn’t been bad. She barrel races, so she has an idea about rodeo life. She’s been around it her whole life, she understands the sacrifice I make and she makes to make dreams happen. I’m excited about going to the Wrangler NFR, my whole family is excited about it. My uncle (Bob Lummus) made it four times in the early 2000s. To be able to go back and follow his lead means everything, not just to me but to my family and my friends who have been with me the whole time. It’s awesome to be able to look forward to it and to have that goal accomplished. I don’t remember too much from watching my uncle compete at the Will Lummus is headed to his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December. The 26-year-old steer wrestler couldn’t be happier. As of Sept. 17, Lummus had pocketed $86,958, putting him fifth in the PRCA | RAM World Standings. A year ago, Lummus finished 20th. The Mississippi native has won eight rodeos (and split the win at another) this season, including California Rodeo Salinas, Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan, Calif., and the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Finals when I was 9 and 10 years old. But my wife and I went in 2016. We went to a few performances and I got to experience everything. Obviously, it’s awesome to be out there, but to be able to compete there it’s unreal. Last year, after coming so close to qualifying but missing, Luke Branquinho (five-time world champion steer wrestler) texted me and told me the first year he rodeoed he barely missed it too. He hoped I would use it as motivation and not something that would hinder me the next year and into the future. If you take it as a positive that your first year rodeoing you’re in the Top 20 and go from there, use it as motivation. With steer wrestlers, in general, everybody supports everybody. It’s a motivational team. It’s hard to get unmotivated and hard to get down because so many people are picking you up in the steer wrestling. It’s not like that in any other sport or any other event in rodeo, the steer wrestlers are the main motivators in rodeo, and that’s my opinion. At the Finals, I’ll be riding K.C. Jones’ 12-year-old horse, Grinder, and K.C. will be hazing for me. I think the biggest difference between last year and this year was that I had so much more knowledge this year, I was able to make better decisions. Last year at Kansas City (Mo.) I had to win something if I still wanted a chance to make it. I didn’t win anything. Jacob Talley, who made the Finals in ’16 but not last year (and who is ninth in the 2018 world standings), and I were walking out of the arena. I said, ‘Man, this sucks, we both barely missed it.’ He was out of rodeos, so he didn’t a have chance. He said, ‘Yeah, but there’s no way they’ll keep us out next year.’

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GRILLE COWBOY

Bull rider LARAMIE MOSLEY, 22, was sixth in the PRCA | Resistol Rookie of the Year standings with $27,989 as of Sept. 17. The Sublette, Kan., cowboy has overcome his share of adversity to become a competitor in the PRCA. He plans on competing more in 2019 to hopefully qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

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Has this rookie season been everything you expected? Laramie: Everything could be better, but it could also be a heck of a lot worse. The traveling is fun. I didn’t really expect it to be all that it was. It was dang sure a different experience. I like traveling and seeing new places and making some money while I’m doing it. How did you get the name Laramie? Laramie: My parents named me after the town, Laramie, Wyo. I’m an only child. Both my real parents are deceased. I lived with my

aunt, Patricia Parrish, and the guy I call my father is Larry Phillips. I asked Larry for a job when I was a sophomore in high school, and he took me under his wing and raised me ever since. He buys cows for a living and has a bunch of horses, and I’ve always taken care of his cow deal. He leases a feed yard in Turpin, Okla., and that’s where all my free time goes. How much pride do you take in what you have been able to make of yourself? Laramie: It means a lot to me. Larry has taught me a lot, and without him in my life I really don’t know where I would be. I dang sure wouldn’t be going up and down the road rodeoing. He has had a big impact on my life. What does eight seconds feel like to you? Laramie: It’s the best feeling, and it is a lot of fun. There’s no better way to have a lifestyle. Is there a favorite bull you have been able to ride?

Laramie: Salt River Rodeo’s Rocky Road. I had an 87-point ride on him to win the rodeo in Window Rock, Ariz., in July. I knew that was a good bull, and I really didn’t want to fall off him. He’s a young bull, but he’s intimidating because he’s big, but once the ride started happening everything came together for me. What has been your biggest highlight this season? Laramie: Personally, I think staying on at the St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo and getting something out of there. (Mosley finished in a tie for fourth with an 86.5-point ride at St. Paul and earned $2,281.) That Fourth of July run was really fun. What are your thoughts o n the mental aspect of bull riding? Laramie: I know if I fall off a bull, I want to forget about it right here and now. I don’t want to keep thinking about it. I like to think about the good and forget about the bad. I also like riding bulls I have never seen just so I don’t set traps. Those are the ones I have the most success on. You also do tie-down roping, team roping (header) and saddle bronc riding? Laramie: I liked tie-down roping because you’re going fast, and you have to step off fast. Team roping I’ve done since I was little. I thought saddle bronc riding would be fun, but that was a lie to myself. It was not fun at all. Why did you choose to concentrate on bull riding?

Laramie: It was just something I always wanted to do and prove to myself I could do it and go somewhere with it. I tried to ride my first bull when I was an eighth-grader. It didn’t go well. I was very scared. I got bucked off. But I wasn’t going to give up. I wanted to prove to myself I could do it.

What would it mean if you could qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo next year? Laramie: I’m going to go even harder next year and make it a reality to make the NFR. It would mean the world to me if I could qualify for the NFR. I’ve never been to Las Vegas for the NFR. I told myself when I was little I wouldn’t go to Las Vegas until I made the NFR. Where is your favorite place to go eat? Laramie: I’m a steak guy, so I have to say Texas Roadhouse. I get a ribeye, loaded mash potatoes and sweet tea. Would you rather skydive or ride a roller coaster?

Laramie: Ride a roller coaster. Because you’re way too high in the air with skydiving. Jumping out of a plane is not my party. I enjoy roller coasters. What type of car are you driving? Laramie: A 1993 Dodge van. It gets me to all the rodeos. I have owned it since April, and it gets me down the road. What’s your favorite movie? Laramie: All The Pretty Horses (released in 2000). I could sit down and watch that on repeat.

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2018 PRCA RAM WORLD STANDINGS

Unofficial as of Sept. 17, 2018. For the 2018 season (Oct. 1, 2017-Sept. 30, 2018), official rodeo limits are as follows: all-around, 70; bareback riding, 100; steer wrestling, 100; team roping, 75; saddle bronc riding, 100; tie-down roping, 100; 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. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas......................... $207,662 2. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas....................... 181,107 3. Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah.................... 137,179 4. Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif............................ 108,588 5. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb............................. 107,966 6. Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta.................... 94,832 7. Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla........ 79,367 8. Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif.............. 71,659 9. Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss................... 62,796 10. Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev............................. 60,005 11. Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas.................. 59,712 12. Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M.......................... 55,324 13. Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.................. 51,351 14. Chance Oftedahl, Pemberton, Minn................ 49,216 15. Tanner Green, Cotulla, Texas.......................... 49,201 16. Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla.............. 47,205 17. Chant DeForest, Wheatland, Calif................... 38,129 18. Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D..................................... 37,889 19. Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla.......................... 37,554 20. Hadley DeShazo, Ash Flat, Ark....................... 35,447 BAREBACK RIDING 1. Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa..................... $180,527 2. Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah................... 170,005 3. Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba....................... 130,655 4. Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif.................... 130,611 5. Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas.......................... 117,872 6. R. Champion, The Woodlands, Texas........... 113,792 7. Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah................. 107,861 8. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb............................. 105,982 9. Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas...................... 101,403 10. Mason Clements, Springville, Utah................ 99,536 11. Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D................................. 91,256 12. Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas...................... 88,634 13. Shane O’Connell, Rapid City, S.D................... 78,929 14. J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo............................... 77,711 15. Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev............................. 73,641 16. Clint Laye, Cadogan, Alberta.......................... 65,914 17. Seth Hardwick, Ranchester, Wyo................... 62,632 18. Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn...................... 58,446 19. Ty Taypotat, Regina, Saskatchewan................ 58,324 20. Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas............................... 57,685 STEERWRESTLING 1. Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta................ $104,798 2. Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss....................... 97,520 3. Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta.................. 91,925 4. Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont.............................. 89,662 5. Will Lummus, West Point, Miss..................... 86,958 6. Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas.......................... 83,711 7. Bridger Chambers, Stevensville, Mont........... 81,178 8. Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan........................ 81,044 9. Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La............................... 79,964 10. Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La.................... 78,155 11. Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla........................... 75,714 12. Blake Mindemann, Blanchard, Okla................ 75,386 13. Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore......................... 73,474 14. Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala........................... 73,264 15. Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis.................................... 69,911 16. Cole Edge, Durant, Okla................................. 68,480 17. Tanner Milan, Cochrane, Alberta.................... 67,601 18. Cameron Morman, Glen Ullin, N.D................. 62,676 19. Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif.......................... 60,663 20. Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D............................. 59,135 TEAM ROPING (HEADER) 1. Kaleb Driggers, Hoboken, Ga..................... $110,101 2. Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla...................... 109,190 3. Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla.................... 100,805 4. Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont............................... 96,990 5. Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif.......................... 85,640 6. Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn...................... 85,353 7. Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla.................... 85,336 8. Luke Brown, Rock Hill, S.C............................ 81,871

9. Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz..................... 81,853 10. Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash....................... 81,554 11. Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz...................... 81,312 12. Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas............................... 66,914 13. Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz..................... 66,531 14. Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah...................... 65,232 15. Lane Ivy, Dublin, Texas................................... 61,676 16. Spencer Mitchell, Orange Cove, Calif............. 61,664 17. Jeff Flenniken, Caldwell, Idaho....................... 59,552 18. Joshua Torres, Ocala, Fla............................... 57,107 19. Logan Olson, Flandreau, S.D.......................... 56,108 20. Kolton Schmidt, Barrhead, Alberta................. 55,572 TEAM ROPING (HEELER) 1. J. Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil ... $111,084 2. Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo............................. 109,190 3. Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla................ 104,526 4. Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas.................. 100,805 5. Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo................................. 96,284 6. Travis Graves, Jay, Okla................................. 93,133 7. Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz.............................. 90,047 8. Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas.............. 81,950 9. Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan............................ 81,871 10. Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash...................... 80,361 11. Clint Summers, Lake City, Fla......................... 79,483 12. Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont............................. 67,964 13. Cole Davison, Stephenville, Texas.................. 62,477 14. Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash........................ 59,552 15. Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan................. 58,669 16. Quinn Kesler, Holden, Utah............................ 58,221 17. Jonathan Torres, Ocala, Fla............................ 57,107 18. Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb.................................. 57,038 19. Trace Porter, Leesville, La.............................. 56,138 20. Reagan Ward, Edmond, Okla.......................... 54,611 SADDLE BRONC RIDING 1. Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas.................. $159,933 2. Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah......................... 158,318 3. Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas..................... 122,276 4. Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah......................... 116,648 5. Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta................ 112,637 6. Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo......................... 111,588 7. Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta.......................... 103,231 8. Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa...................... 102,983 9. Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas............. 97,674 10. Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb.............................. 94,633 11. CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah..................... 88,462 12. Jake Wright, Milford, Utah............................. 81,903 13. Joey Sonnier III, New Iberia, La..................... 78,754 14. Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.............................. 74,632 15. Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah....................... 72,162 16. Chase Brooks, Deer Lodge, Mont................... 71,110 17. Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah................................ 70,862 18. J.J. Elshere, Hereford, S.D............................. 68,249 19. Bradley Harter, Loranger, La........................... 61,989 20. Colt Gordon, Comanche, Okla........................ 52,456 TIE-DOWN ROPING 1. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas......................... $129,898 2. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La......................... 126,515 3. Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas................ 125,949 4. Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.............................. 92,082 5. Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, Wash.......................... 91,033 6. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas......................... 89,676 7. Cooper Martin, Alma, Kan.............................. 89,045 8. Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas........................... 87,469 9. Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas................. 86,675 10. Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas........................ 83,900 11. Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho................... 83,377 12. Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah...................... 79,760 13. Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas.................... 79,154 14. Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas............................ 74,652 15. Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla........................ 74,526 16. Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas................ 74,520 17. Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas........................... 68,058

18. Tyler Milligan, Pawhuska, Okla....................... 65,658 19. Scott Kormos, Teague, Texas......................... 65,031 20. Ty Harris, San Angelo, Texas.......................... 62,752 STEER ROPING 1. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas........................... $85,832 2. Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas........... 68,266 3. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan........................... 62,225 4. Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo...................... 57,563 5. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas......................... 54,482 6. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas........................ 54,134 7. J. Tom Fisher, Andrews, Texas....................... 45,410 8. Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas........................... 44,717 9. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla......................... 43,786 10. Jarrett Blessing, Paradise, Texas.................... 43,560 11. Garrett Hale, Snyder, Texas............................ 43,309 12. Brodie Poppino, Big Cabin, Okla..................... 42,978 13. Will Gasperson, Decatur, Texas...................... 41,528 14. Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas............................ 40,691 15. Bryce Davis, Ovalo, Texas.............................. 39,232 16. Jim Locke, Miami, Texas................................ 35,948 17. Roger Branch, Wellston, Okla........................ 35,187 18. Corey Ross, Liberty Hill, Texas....................... 33,631 19. Shay Good, Midland, Texas............................ 27,439 20. Jason Evans, Glen Rose, Texas...................... 25,102 BULL RIDING 1. Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.................. $281,039 2. Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont........................ 179,895 3. Dustin Boquet, Bourg, La............................. 111,544 4. Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas.......... 106,431 5. Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho.......... 104,624 6. Chase Dougherty, Canby, Ore....................... 102,729 7. Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas............................. 101,531 8. Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas................ 95,420 9. Cole Melancon, Batson, Texas........................ 94,764 10. Tyler Bingham, Honeyville, Utah..................... 94,432 11. Eli Vastbinder, Athens, Texas.......................... 94,111 12. Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah................................ 92,328 13. Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla.............................. 91,360 14. Koby Radley, Montpelier, La........................... 91,042 15. Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla......................... 90,094 16. Clayton Sellars, Fruitland Park, Fla................. 89,936 17. Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas............... 89,200 18. Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif........................ 88,978 19. J.W. Harris, Goldthwaite, Texas...................... 86,040 20. Riker Carter, Stone, Idaho.............................. 81,950 *2018 BARREL RACING (Through Sept. 17, 2018) Barrel racing 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. Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas..........................$192,492 2. Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif.......................146,826 3. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Victoria, Texas.............133,807 4. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D............................123,516 5. Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas..................109,231 6. Taci Bettis, Round Top, Texas.........................102,975 7. Kylie Weast, Comanche, Okla............................99,917 8. Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D.............................98,704 9. Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo...............................96,377 10. Tammy Fischer, Ledbetter, Texas.....................91,277 11. Carman Pozzobon, Aldergrove, B.C................86,947 12. Kelly Bruner, Millsap, Texas............................86,662 13. Amberleigh Moore, Salem, Ore.......................85,977 14. Tracy Nowlin, Nowata, Okla.............................85,494 15. Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas...................83,011 16. Jessica Telford, Caldwell, Idaho......................82,859 17. Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas..........................77,494 18. Teri Bangart, Olympia, Wash...........................75,461 19. Jessi Fish, Franklin, Tenn................................74,939 20. Tiany Schuster, Krum, Texas...........................68,197

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10QUESTIONS

HE SAID – SHE SAID Who knows steer wrestler, Trevor Knowles, better, his wife, Jena, or his traveling partner and cousin, Blake Knowles?

TREVOR

WIFE JENA

PARTNER BLAKE

JENA

BLAKE

TREVOR

WHAT IS HIS FAVORITE NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE?

Coffee

Coffee

Coffee

WHO WEARS THE PANTS IN THE FAMILY?

Me

Trevor

Trevor

WHAT IS HIS FAVORITE RODEO?

Pendleton

Pendleton

San Antonio

WHO IS HIS RODEO IDOL?

His Dad

My Dad

His Dad

WHAT IS HIS FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM?

USA Wrestling

USA Wrestling

USA Wrestling

WHAT IS HIS FAVORITE TYPE OF PIZZA?

Meat Lovers

Meat Lovers

Meat Lovers

WHAT IS HIS FAVORITE RESTAURANT?

In & Out

In & Out

In & Out

IS HE AN EARLY BIRD OR A NIGHT OWL?

Early Bird

Early Bird

Early bird

WHAT IS HIS FAVORITE CANDY BAR?

Kit Kat

Snickers

Snickers

12 WHAT IS HIS FAVORITE THING TO HUNT?

Mule deer

Mule deer

Anything legal

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BRAIN TEASERS

ANSWERS ON PAGE 52

THEN & NOW Can you match these adorable future rodeo stars’ photos with the current PRCA contestants? Some don’t look quite the same.

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Only a handful of rodeos offer cowboys a final chance to make the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as the season concludes Sept. 30. Two of those rodeos are the American Royal Rodeo in Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 28-29, and the Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo, Stephenville, Texas, Sept. 28-30. 1. Find the winners from the 2017 American Royal Rodeo. Trevor Brazile, AA Steven Dent, BB

(tie) Aaron Macy/Cody Hogan, TR Trevor Brazile/Clint Summers, TR Logan Allen, SB

Cooper Martin, TD Jordan Moore, GB Joseph McConnel, BR

2. Find the winners from the 2017 Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo.

Tuf Cooper, AA Jake Brown, BB Dirk Tavenner, SW Jake Orman/Will Woodfin, TR Heith DeMoss, SB Tuf Cooper, TD

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The contract personnel for the Dec. 6-15 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and the Nov. 2-3 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping were announced by the PRCA, Sept. 19. For the sixth straight year, two of the announcers for the Wrangler NFR remain the same. Randy Corley, of Silverdale, Wash., and Wayne Brooks, of Lampasas, Texas, will be on the microphone for the 10 nights in Las Vegas. They will be joined by announcer Roger Mooney, of Ellijay, Ga. Corley, who was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2017, will be making his 18th Wrangler NFR appearance, while it will be the eighth of Brooks’ career. Mooney will be announcing for the first time at the Wrangler NFR. Livestock superintendent John Barnes, of Sutherland, Iowa, makes his 13th consecutive Wrangler NFR appearance. The chute bosses are Tony Amaral, of Marysville, Calif. (timed event) and Tom Neuens, of Powell, Wyo. (roughstock). Benje Bendele, of Dublin, Texas, is the music director. Sunni Deb Backstrom, of Congress, Ariz., is the Wrangler NFR secretary, which marks the 13th consecutive year she has been selected and the 16th overall. Dollie Riddle, of Vernon, Texas, is the assistant secretary. Timer Jayme Pemberton, of Terrell, Texas, is making her third R OUND THE SHORT Ready to work Contract personnel named for Wrangler NFR, NFSR Wrangler NFR trip and will be joined by Kim Sutton, of Onida, S.D., who is making her fourth trip to the Wrangler NFR. Toby Dunlavy, of Laramie, Wyo., also is one of the timers and will be making her first appearance at the Wrangler NFR. At the NFSR at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kan., Charlie Throckmorton, of Grandview, Texas, and Jody Carper, of Jamul, Calif., will handle the announcing duties. Throckmorton will be announcing the NFSR for the 18th year in a row, breaking the consecutive- appearance record of legendary announcer Clem McSpadden. Throckmorton also is announcing at the NFSR for the 19th time overall, tying McSpadden’s NFSR record. Carper is making his fourth appearance at the NFSR and his first since 2015. Chute boss John Gwatney, of Marquez, Texas, is back for his ninth-consecutive trip, and the arena usher is Butch Braden, of Welch, Okla. Secretary Sandy Gwatney, John’s wife, is making her fifth appearance at the NFSR, all in a row. Timer Tammy Braden, Butch’s wife, will be joined by Shelly Baumann, of Maypearl, Texas, who is making her second appearance at the NFSR. Jill Franzen Loden, of Riverton, Wyo., is back as the music director for the fourth time.

BY THE NUMBERS

The amount of money bull rider Trey Kimzey has earned on his PRCA permit this season, break- ing the PRCA record for one-year earnings for a permit member in a single event. The permit record for a single-event in one year was held by Kimzey’s brother and four-time defending bull riding champion Sage, who earned $47,726 in 2013. The amount of money Stetson Wright has earned on his permit this season, which broke the record for most money earned in one year for a permit member. That record also was held by Sage Kimzey with his $47,726. Wright earned his money in two events – bull riding and saddle bronc riding. The amount of money Tuf Cooper has earned in steer roping as of the Sept. 17 PRCA | RAM World Standings. Cooper is in the top spot and only $2,095 from breaking the steer roping record for most money won in a single regular season (before the National Finals Steer Roping). Guy Allen set the record of $87,927 in 1998.

610 NUMBER OF PRCA-SANCTIONED RODEOS HELD SO FAR IN 2018

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Nominees unveiled for Donita Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award The following people have been nominated for the 2018 PRCA Donita Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award: Sunni Deb Backstrom, Hadley Barrett, Lecile Harris and Duane Reichert. The purpose of the award is to recog- nize and honor contract personnel members of the PRCA who have dedicated their lives to the rodeo industry through their commitment, hard work and contributions. Past winners of the Donita Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award were Donita Barnes (2011), Art and Linda Alsbaugh (2012), Fred and Norma Dorenkamp (2013), Quail Dobbs (2014), Cotton Rosser (2015), Karen Vold (2016), and Jim and Julie Sutton (2017). Three more cowboys joined the $2 million club during the 2018 summer run. Bareback rider Kaycee Feild, tie-down roper Ryan Jarrett and team roper Chad Masters all surpassed the $2 million mark in career earnings over the last couple months. Of the thousands of cowboys to compete in the PRCA, only 27 had surpassed $2 million in career earnings. Now that number is 30. Tuf Cooper, Cory Petska and Matt Shiozawa also joined the $2 million club earlier this year. Feild was the first of the recent trio to make $2 million. He needed to win $34,800 entering the 2018 season to surpass $2 million, and he accomplished it as of the July 2 PRCA | RAM World Standings. “It’s pretty unreal,” Feild said. “It’s not a goal I ever had, to make $1 million or $2 million. But, to be in the game as long as I have and to have the success I’ve had at such a young age is amazing and humbling.” One week later, Jarrett surpassed $2 million as of the July 9 standings. The Georgia cowboy had needed to earn $41,000 in 2018 to surpass $2 million. Masters needed to earn $88,108 this season to surpass $2 million, and he accom- plished that as of Sept. 17 when money he won at the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up was factored in. Feild, Jarrett and Masters surpass $2 million mark

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Keith Martin named 2018 Legend of ProRodeo ProRodeo Hall of Famer Keith Martin, who was inducted as a rodeo notable in 2011, has been named the 2018 Legend of ProRodeo. Martin will be honored at the 11th annual Wrangler Gold Buckle Gala at the South Point Grand Ballroom in Las Vegas, Dec. 3. “When you look at the list of people who have made that, you think, ‘Gee-whiz, I’m not in that category,’” said Martin, who served on the ProRodeo Hall of Fame Board of Trustees for more than 10 years. “It just means a lot to me, and to be in the same category with those other folks, I’m happy and humbled more than anything.” As executive director and chief executive officer of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, Martin set the bar for all rodeo committees when San Antonio became the first $1 million regular- season rodeo in 2007. At the same time, he was pushing ProRodeo toward a financially secure future in his role as interim CEO and PRCA Commissioner, which he did free of charge. “I would fly back and forth and never charged the PRCA a dime for that,” Martin said. “We got things straightened out and money back in the

bank (for the PRCA). We had an awful lot of help, it wasn’t a one-man job by any means.” Martin started with the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo as a vol- unteer in 1969, joined the executive committee in 1984 and became presi-

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dent in 1989, igniting a period of unprecedented growth and success. San Antonio has been voted the PRCA’s Large Indoor Rodeo Committee of the Year every year since 2005. “I started when I was 22 years old, and I’m 71 years old now, and I guess it’s because of the way I was raised that I volunteer,” Martin said, adding that he grew up ranching with his family. “It’s a very family-oriented business, families participate and come to the rodeos. It’s a very wholesome and patriotic sport.” In his time on the PRCA Board of Directors and as interim commissioner in 2007-08, Martin assisted the PRCA staff in developing a budgeting system, and also worked to develop commu- nication opportunities among the association’s membership.

$36,317,022 MONEYWON BY PRCA COWBOYS SO FAR IN 2018

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Bridwell Pro Rodeos’ 100x Helmet’s Boothill jumps before the chute opens with Tim Bingham aboard. Bingham and Boothill would go on to combine for a Puyallup-record, 93-point ride Sept. 9. PRCA ProRodeo photo by Kent Soule

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JUSTIN FINALE

Steer wrestler Curtis Cassidy stopped the clock in 3.8 seconds in the semifinals of the Justin Finale in Puyallup, Wash., Sept. 9. PRCA ProRodeo photo by Kent Soule

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Cassidy takes home $17,000 from Puyallup

BY SCOTT KANIEWSKI A s the 2017 season ended, steer wrestler Curtis Cassidy started to heat up. FromAugust to the end of the regular season, Cassidy won about $30,000. He came up short of qualifying for the 2017Wrangler Nationals Finals Rodeo, finishing 21st in the world standings. But the seed had been planted, Cassidy was ready for 2018 and determined to get back to the Finals in Las Vegas. Cassidy has carried that momentum throughout 2018.

On Sept. 9, he added another $17,960 to his bank account and to his PRCA | RAM World Standings after winning the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour at the Justin Finale in Puyallup, Wash., at the Washington State Fair Pro Rodeo. The big haul pushed Cassidy to the top of the charts, jumping him from fourth to first in the standings with $104,798, as of Sept. 17. “Awesome. It’s been a long, hot, dusty trail all summer,” said the Bashaw, Alberta, cowboy. “The next week we went to Pendleton, and then the season is winding down for us. It’s a great way to basically end your season on a good note.”

TOPS AT PUYALLUP — Sept. 6-9

BAREBACK RIDING 1. Richmond Champion..................90 pts. 2. Clayton Biglow................................88.5 3. Orin Larsen.....................................87.5 4. Kaycee Feild .................................. 85.5

STEER WRESTLING 1. Curtis Cassidy.......................... 4.0 sec. 2. Hunter Cure......................................6.2 3. Kyle Irwin.......................................17.0 4. Ty Erickson....................................... NT

TEAM ROPING 1. C. Tryan/T. Graves.................... 4.6 sec. 2. C. Masters/J. Harrison......................5.4 3. L. Ivy/J. Mattern.............................11.1 4. B. Buckaloo/T. Worley.....................13.4

SADDLE BRONC RIDING 1. Ryder Wright...........................89.5 pts. 2. Jacobs Crawley..............................85.5 3. Spencer Wright..............................81.5 4. Zeke Thurston................................79.0

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BATTLINGTO RETURN The buckle was Cassidy’s second from Puyallup. He also won the Puyallup Pro Rodeo in the Tour Playoffs in 2008. That year was also one of five in which Cassidy reached the Wrangler NFR. He made the trip to Vegas in 2002, 2008-10 and 2014. He’ll be back for the first time in four years when December rolls around. Trip No. 5 should be a formality at this point, with where he is in the standings and about a week left in the regular season. But getting to this point has been a long time coming. After his last appearance in the Finals, Cassidy, who turns 40 in October, suffered a hip injury. That kept him out about six months and limited him to rodeoing in Canada in 2015. In 2016, though his hip was healing, he still played it safe and stuck mostly to the Great White North. Then came his return, 2017. “In ’16, my hip was feeling better, but for the most part I stayed in Canada that summer because I didn’t think my hip would handle going all year,” he said. “Last year, I made a late-season push and came up short to make the NFR. Having that late-season push last year spilled over into this year.” DOUBLING UPAT PUYALLUP Cassidy entered the Justin Finale fourth in the world standings. He showed he wasn’t planning on staying there from his first run at the Sept. 6-9 rodeo. Cassidy placed second in the first round with a 4.0-second run. He finished third in the average in 8.9 seconds, which bumped him into the eight- man semifinals. His success continued. Cassidy qualified for the finals with his 3.8-second run in the semifinals, second fastest of the day.

His finals time – 4.0 seconds – was more than two seconds better than his closest competitor. “The first steer I ran today was the best steer I’ve run in a while,” he said. “Then, this final-four steer was the best steer that I’ve run.” Drawing well played a big part. “My first one I knew would run but would be good once I got to him,” Cassidy said. “This steer today hasn’t been run since Walla Walla (Wash.) last week. Obviously, we have a record of them, but we didn’t know how good they were going to be.” His horse, Tyson, was also key. “I trained him,” Cassidy said. “This is about the fourth year I’ve been using him. He’s really starting to come around and get good. He’s 13 or 14 years old. His name is Tyson because they named him after Mike Tyson because he’s tough. … I left him at home most of the summer in Canada and used him at everything up there. About every other week I’ve been using him in the Northwest. I’ve been trying not to haul the wheels off him, so I have a good horse at the end of the season.” That proved true, with the win in Puyallup. “Obviously, any rodeo you go to you want to win as much money as possible,” he said. “But I feel like you can’t ever go to a rodeo expecting to win it or win good at it. You’ve got to do as good a job as you can do on what you have done. So of course, you want to have as good a horse as possible because the better horse you have the more steers you can win on. And, like here, if the drawing gods are on your side to give you some good steers, it all comes together.” Cassidy points to last year as the reason he’s sitting where he is. “August was great to me last year,” he said. “Since then, everything has been falling into place. I have a good group of traveling partners and good horses.”

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TIE-DOWN ROPING 1. Tyson Durfey............................ 7.4 sec. 2. Cooper Martin..................................7.5 3. Adam Gray......................................17.5 4. Ryan Jarret....................................... NT

BARREL RACING 1. Jimmie Smith....................... 14.41 sec. 2. Andrea Busby...............................14.56 3. Tammy Fischer.............................14.63 4. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi...................14.77

BULL RIDING 1. Parker Breding............................89 pts. 2. Tim Bingham....................................NS 3. Chase Dougherty..............................NS 4. J.W. Harris........................................NS

Complete results on Page 55

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Parker Breding rode Outlaw Buckers Rodeo’s Annikas Pet for 86 points to win the Justin Finale at the Washington State Fair Pro Rodeo in Puyallup, Wash., Sept. 9. PRCA ProRodeo photo by Kent Soule

Breding bests bulls in Puyallup

P arker Breding is 26 years old, one of the best bull riders in the world and a prime candidate to come away with a bull riding world championship this season. But Breding is already looking at competing in another event, though he’s not ready for that switch just yet. For the immediate future, the Edgar, Mont., native is focused on trying to win his first bull riding gold buckle and making a good run at it. Breding won the Justin Finale at the Washington State Fair Pro Rodeo in Puyallup to claim the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour crown. “It means the world to me to come away with the win here,” said Breding, second in the PRCA | RAMWorld Standings with $179,895 as of Sept 17. Breding has a ways to go to catch four-time defending bull riding world champion Sage Kimzey in the standings. Kimzey has pocketed $281,039 on the season, giving him a lead of more than $100,000. Breding took home $9,700 from Puyallup to make a small dent in that lead, but he knows if he’s going to make a push to winning the world title, it’ll come in Las Vegas at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Dec. 6-15. “It plays on a guy’s mind to be winning and staying on as many bulls as

you can, but to watch his (Kimzey’s) lead grow,” Breding said. “He’s an outstanding bull rider. I would love to see him beat Donny Gay’s record (of eight bull riding world titles). I just wouldn’t mind to be there in the middle in one of those years. All I can do is keep doing what I’m doing and try to ride every bull I get on. Hopefully, that will work out one of these days.” Breding is nicked up from the season and looking forward to the middle of October when he can slow down and heal before the Finals. “I’ll probably go deer hunting around the house, ride horses and team rope quite a bit,” he said. “I haven’t gotten to (rope) at all this year, been way too busy. I’ve got a nice horse I’m working on.” Is there a future in there somewhere? “I’ve entered one PRCA rodeo team roping. It didn’t go well,” laughed Breding, who ropes with his dad (Scott, a five-time Wrangler NFR-qualifying bull rider) and his grandfather, Jim Smith. “… I wish I could enter a little bit more and get in the All-Around standings. That’s definitely something for the future. When I’m done riding bulls I’m going to put a lot more into that. That will be a nice way to stay involved in rodeo.” – Scott Kaniewski

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