Top-ranked bareback riders square off at Frontier Days Rodeo

Top-ranked Clint Cannon’s 84 nips No. 2-ranked Bobby Mote on the final night of Frontier Days.

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WALLA WALLA – The two top-ranked bareback riders in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association standings squared off Sunday night during the final performance of the 2009 Frontier Days Rodeo at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds.


Zac Compton’s 81 ride on Saturday was the score to beat going into Sunday night’s show, and it would be short lived.


Bobby Mote, the No. 2-ranked bareback rider, rode Short Fuse to an 83 score. But that wasn’t good enough, either.


With earnings of over $168,000 already this season, No. 1-ranked Clint Cannon took Star Wars to a score of 84 and added $2,322 to his No. 1 ranking with the Walla Walla bareback title.


"I had never seen that horse," Cannon said. "I heard it was a pretty good horse. He was a real bucker with a little more dropping than I thought it would be, but it worked out. About five or six seconds out I thought, ‘this is going to be good.’
"I can feel it when I’m out there," Cannon added. "I know what I’m doing, and I knew he was doing his part because it was helping me do my part."


For Cannon, as he makes his bid for his first National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December, Star Wars marked the Waller, Texas, cowboy’s 103rd consecutive successful ride of the season.


"You’d think something would go wrong," Cannon said of his streak. "But, knock on wood, it doesn’t. It’s going good for me. I’m going to try and make it go all year like that. I’ve never been (to the finals). This will be my first trip, and I’m excited as heck about it."


The first two performances of bull riding, produced one ride — Wesley Silcox’ Friday night score of 85.


But five of the 11 cowboys who came out of the bull riding chutes on Sunday were still on their bull’s back at the eight-second horn.


Kanin Asay, a Powell, Wyo., cowboy drew a bull named Funny Farm. And he took a spinning, eight-second ride to a score of 87 to claim the rodeo bull riding championship and the $2,849 purse.


"That was a wonderful bull," Asay said of Funny Farm. "I had watched him before, and he went out a little farther (than tonight). I knew he would really spin it out. but praise God, I was able to fend him off for eight."


Colin McTaggart and Zack Oates also put together 80-point bull rides. McTaggart scored 81 on Wild Bill and Oates hit 80 on Wild One.


Brad Goodrich, a Hermiston cowboy, had the fastest tie-down roping run during the Sunday go. Goodrich tied his calf in 8.5 seconds, which moved him into a tie for fifth in the second-go standings.


Timber Moore picked up the $1,600 purse as tie-down champion with an aggregate of 17.9 on two. Nate Baldwin posted a new arena mark of 7.3 to win the first go. Seth Childers and Monty Lewis both tied their calves in 8.0 to share the best time of the second go.


Travis Carnine from Stanfield, Ore., posted a 4.3 steer wrestling run for the best run of Sunday. It wasn’t good enough to overtake Ronnie Fields’ arena-tying 3.5 that won the second go.


Trevor Knowles walked away with the first go purse and with the steer wrestling aggregate titles. Knowles set a new arena record with a 3.5 run to earn the first-go purse. Knowles’ 7.4 on two took the rodeo steer wrestling title. Knowles earned $4,340 for his efforts.


Chet Johnson scored 79 in saddle bronc riding Sunday for the best of the performance. Cody Taton earned the Mr. Persistent award as the South Dakota cowboy used two re-rides to finally post a 75.


Jesse Wright’s Saturday night score of 80 stood up as the best saddle bronc ride of the rodeo. Wright earned a purse of $2,770 and protected his No. 1 standing in the battle for saddle bronc rookie of the year.


The team ropers had a tough night as only two of 10 runs were successful. Steve Purcella and Jhett Johnson turned a 4.9, and Justin Yost and Britt Bockius had a 6.3 run.


Purcella and Johnson earned fourth place in the second go.


Matt Sherwood and Rhen Richard took second-go money with a 4.2. JoJo LeMond and Randon Adams won the team roping title and took the first-place first-go purse in addition. LeMond and Adams each claimed checks for $4,868.


Three Friday night barrel racing runs stood up as the quickest of the rodeo after the dust had settled Sunday evening.


Sheena Robbins had a 17.31 run for the fastest Sunday performance, which earned her a tie for seventh.


Tammy Kay-Fischer came home on Friday in 17.12 to win the first place purse of $2,126. Also on Friday, Barbra West earned a second place as the Oak Harbor cowgirl had a 17.14 run. Defending world champion, Lindsay Sears, took third with her Friday night performance of 17.16.


Russell Cardoza, competing in team roping and steer wrestling, took home the $1,400 purse for all-around cowboy.

Frontier Days Rodeo


BAREBACK RIDING — 1, Clint Cannon, Waller, TX, 84, $2,322.75; 2, Bobby Mote, Culver, OR, 83, $1,708.77; 3, Ryan Gray, Cheney, WA, 82, $1,316.22.
TIE-DOWN ROPING: First go-round: 1, Nate Baldwin, Blackfoot, ID, 7.3, $1,602.49; 2, Cody Ohl, Hico, TX, 8.1, $1,326.19; 3, Roger Nonella, Klamath Falls, OR, 8.4, $1,049.90. Second go-round: 1, Seth Childers, Cameron, TX, 8.0, $1,464.34; 1, Monty Lewis, Hereford, TX, 8.0, $1,464.34; 3, Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, UT, 8.1, $1,049.90. Aggregate (on two head): 1, Timber Moore, Aubrey, TX, 17.9, $1,602.49; 2, Tuf Cooper, Decatur, TX, 18.0, (Go + Aggregate) $1,632.90; 3, Robinson, 18.3, (Go + Aggregate) $2,099.80.
STEER WRESTLING — First go-round: 1, Trevor Knowles, Mt. Vernon, OR, 3.5, $1,584.12; 2, KC Jones, Decatur, TX, 3.8, $1,037.87; 2, Lee Graves, Calgary, AB, 3.8, $1,037.87. Second go-round: 1, Ronnie Fields, Oklahoma City, OK, 3.5, $1,584.12; 2, Erik Johnson, Eltopia, WA, 3.9; 2, Knowles, Mt. Vernon, WA, 3.9. Aggregate (on two head): 1, Knowles, Mt. Vernon, WA, 7.4, (Aggregate + go) $4,342.67; 2, Graves, Calgary, AB, 8.0, (aggregate + go) $2,467.40; 3, Beau Franzen, Sidney, MT, 8.2, (aggregate + go) $1,802.67.
SADDLE BRONC — 1, Jesse Wright, Milford, UT, 80, $2,773.05; 2, Chet Johnson, Gillette, WY $1,848.69; 2, Ty Atchison, Jackson, MO, 79, $1,848.69.
TEAM ROPING — First go-round: 1, JoJo LeMond, Andrews, TX, Randon Adams, Logandale, NV, 4.6, $1,721.87 (each); 2, Coleman Proctor, Pryor, OK, Caleb Twisselman, Santa Margarita, CA, 4.9, $1,276.56 (each); 2, Shane Philipp, Washington, TX, Brock Hanson, Casa Grande, AZ, 4.9, $1,276.56 (each). Second go-round: 1, Matt Sherwood, Pima, AZ, Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, UT, 4.2, $1,721.87 (each); 2, LeMond Adams, 4.3, $1,425 (each); 3, Riley Minor and Brady Minor, Ellensburg, WA, 4.5, $1,128.12 (each. Aggregate (on two head); 1, LeMond and Adams, 8.9 (aggregate + go) $4,868.74 (each); 2, Sherwood Richard, 9.7. (aggregate + go) $3,146.97 (each).
BARREL RACING — 1, Tammy Kay-Fischer, Ledbetter, TX, 17.12, $2,126.10; 2, Barbra West, Oak Harbor, WA, 17.14, $1,807.18; 3, Lindsay Sears, Nanton, AB, 17.16, $1,488.27.
BULL RIDING — 1, Kanin Asay, Powell, WY, 87, $2,849.25; 2, Wesley Silcox, Santaquin, UT, 85, $2,184.42; 3, Colin McTaggart, Las Vegas, NV, $1,614.57.
ALL-AROUND — Russell Cardoza, Farmington, CA, $1,405.20.

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