During the past weekend on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit, many world class competitors rode and roped in Texas-based shows.
The rodeos were in Weatherford, Coleman, Gladewater and Cleburne.
At the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo in Weatherford, two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Marcos Costa, a Brazilian who lives in Childress, clinched the tie-down roping title. He won the first round with a time of 7.9 seconds and tied for second in the second round with an 8.2. After all that, Costa finished No. 1 in the average race with a two-run aggregate time of 16.1.
In the steer wrestling title race at the Weatherford Rodeo, six-time WNFR qualifier Matt Reeves, a Pampa native who lives in Cross Plains, finished second with a 3.9. Stan Branco clinched the title with a 3.6.
At the Coleman PRCA Rodeo, Audy Reed of Spearman clinched the saddle bronc riding title after turning in a score of 83.5 after busting a bronc named Almost Heaven, which is owned by the Smith, Harper & Morgan Rodeo Co. Reed is attempting to earn his first NFR qualification.
At the Gladewater Round-Up Rodeo, Trevor Brazile, an Amarillo native who lives in Decatur clinched the tie-down roping title after turning in a 7.8. Brazile, who has earned a record 23 PRCA world titles, also finished second in the steer roping title race at the Coleman rodeo.
At the Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo in Cleburne, Tuf Cooper, a Childress native who lives in Decatur, tied for second in tie-down roping with 8.4. Mesquite Mahaffey clinched the title with an 8.1.
Meanwhile, Brazile finished fifth in tie-down roping at the Cleburne rodeo with an 8.9 and Costa came in seventh with a 9.3.
On the Professional Bull Riders’ circuit, Gage Gay (Staley, N.C.) stayed on all three bulls for the eight seconds count on his way toward winning the Deadwood Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour event Saturday night in Deadwood, S.D.
Gay clinched the title after riding a bovine named Red Bone (Dakota Rodeo / Chad Berger / Clay Struve) for 85.5 points in the championship round. Gay had previously won Round 1 on Friday night with an 88.5-point ride on Americana (Dakota Rodeo - Chad Berger/Hruby/Kainz) and carried that success over into Round 2 Saturday with 86 points on Tequila Sunrise (Dakota Rodeo/Julie Rosen/Clay Struve/Chad Berger).
Gay, the No. 26 rider in the world standings, earned $6,900 for the victory.
Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Mont.) is now ranked fourth in the world standings following his second-place finish in Deadwood. Lockwood joined Gay as the only two riders to cover all three of their bulls over the course of the two-day event.
On Friday night, Lockwood rode Flat Top Pete (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Heald Pro Bulls) for 82 points. Lockwood followed that up Saturday with an 85-point ride on Grandpa Joe ( Dakota Rodeo / Chad Berger / Lacey Scott) in Round 2 and an 83-point trip aboard More Big Bucks (Dakota Rodeo / Chad Berger / Clay Struve) in the championship round.
Lockwood earned $4,600.
Third place went to Tyler Harr (Hazen, Ark.). Harr came into the night tied for second and started the night with an 84.5-point ride on Devil In A Bottle (Dakota Rodeo / Chad Berger / Clay Struve). He was then bucked off by Bad Moon Rising (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Heald Pro Bulls) in the championship round.
Harr earned $2,600.
The Deadwood show was part of the PBR’s 2017 Velocity Tour, which will culminate with the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour Finals at South Point Arena in Las Vegas on Oct. 28-30. The Velocity Tour Finals leads into the PBR’s Built Ford Tough World Finals, which is scheduled for Nov. 1-5 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
College rodeo update
The College National Finals Rodeo began its six-day run Sunday in Casper, Wyo. The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s championships will conclude Saturday, June 16, with a final round short go performance.
Treg Albert Schaack of West Texas A&M qualified for the Casper championships after clinching the 2016-2017 tie-down roping title in the NIRA’s Southwest Region. Schaack’s coach is Raymond Hollabaugh, a former PRCA National Finals tie-down roping qualifier.
West Texas A&M’s Ilyssa Grace Glass qualified for the CNFR in barrel racing. She finished second in the regional title race.
Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has reported on rodeos for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more than three decades. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.