Exclamation points added to 2013 Frontier Days Rodeo

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WALLA WALLA — The cowboys and cowgirls added exclamation points to the 2013 Frontier Days Rodeo during its final performance in the Walla Walla Fairgrounds arena Sunday night.

Sunday’s action crowned three event champions, one second-go champion, and moved one cowboy to within .1 second of a second-go win.

Bareback riding kicked off the Sunday go with three former Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association champions in the field. All lived up to their hype.

Kaycee Feild of Payson, Utah, the first of the three former champs, was first up and posted a score of 78 that fell short of the leader, Justin McDaniels of Porum, Okla, who scored 85 on Saturday night. But three-time PRCA champion Will Lowe of Canyon, Texas, then took the lead with an 86 on a bronc called Whiskey Bent.

Not to be outdone, defending Frontier Days champion and four-time PRCA champ Booby Mote drew Second Thoughts, a horse that had been consistently putting up scores in the 80s. And Mote responded with a ride of 87 that equaled the arena record and added $2,721.75 to the Stephenville, Texas, cowboy’s 2013 earnings.

“The horse lived up to his reputation,” Mote said. “I heard all week that he was supposed to be good, but you don’t know until you get on him.

“He was a little more action packed than I expected. He did a lot in eight seconds. He was as honest as could be. He jumped and kicked and got into the air fast. He got ahead of me on the second and third jumps and I made a couple of mistakes. I was glad he waited for me.”

Sherry Cervi, a Marana, Ariz., cowgirl, set the standard in barrel racing with a Saturday night run of 17.23 seconds. But first up Sunday was defending PRCA champion Mary Walker of Ennis, Texas.

Walker, on her horse Latte, wasted no time in overtaking Cervi and taking the Walla Walla title and the $2,399.70 purse with a 17.10 run.

“It was quick, he (Latte) was really flying,” Walker said of her winning run. “He did an awesome job in Ellensburg this afternoon and then to do it two times in one day. He went in there and did his job. No problems whatsoever. It was great.”

Getting to Walla Walla was the only “problem” the winning duo faced Sunday night.

“We broke down on the highway and got here late,” Walker said. “We had time to get on the horse and get ready to run.”

As the night began, Beau Schroeder of China, Texas, was still in the lead in the bull riding with an 83 that he scored in Friday’s performance. But before the dust settled on Sunday, Schroeder had been dropped to fourth place.

Paul Coppini of Kuna, Idaho, experienced a rough landing off a rank bull called Dump Truck, but not before he survived the eight-second ride to post an 86 to take over the lead. But the night was still young.

Clayton Foltyn, out of Winnie, Texas, dropped Schroeder to third as he rode Fire Fox to an 85. But it was Ardie Maier who made the biggest move as he rode Gangster of Love to a score of 87 that vaulted the Timber Lake, S.D., rider to the top of the standings and produced a winning purse of $3,120.75.

Payden McIntyre, Douglas, Wyo., and Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., shared the second-go steer wrestling lead with identical tims of 3.8 seconds. Gonzalez, La., cowboy Tyler Waguespack took the second-go lead with a 3.7 run Sunday although it didn’t last long.

Brad McGilchrist of Marysville, Calif., bulldogged his steer to the ground in 3.6 seconds to win the round.

Billy Bugenig of Ferndale, Calif., used his first-go winning time of 3.6 to hang on and take the aggregate with an 8.7 on two.

The last roper out posted the fastest tie-down roping run of the Sunday go. Blair Burk of Durant, Okla., roped and tied his calf in 8.7 seconds and propel himself into second-place money in the round.

“It was a good run tonight,” Burk said. “I was last out so I knew what I needed to be in the round. I had a good calf and just needed to make a good run. I haven’t had much luck this week and needed to end the week with a good run. I made a safe start and ran him out there and had a good finish tonight.”

PRCA all-around leader Trevor Brazile’s 8.5 clocking won the second round and the Decatur, Texas, cowboy’s 16.5 aggregate earned him the Walla Walla tie-down championship. For Brazile, it was the ninth time in 13 years that he has placed in tie-down roping at the Walla Walla rodeo.

Elsmere, Neb., cowboy Cort Scheer rode Lucky You to an 84 in Saturday night’s saddle bronc riding and it stood up Sunday.

Two of the Wright brothers, Jesse and Jake of Milford, Utah, turned in the best rides Sunday. Jesse’s 82 on a bronc called Extra Special edged out Jake’s 81 for the best of the Sunday performance.

Nevertheless, they finished third and fourth, respectively, behind Scheer and younger brother Spencer Wright, also of Milford, who posted an 83 during Saturday’s show and held on for second place.

Only two teams had clean runs in team roping Sunday. Header Brooks Dahozy of Window Rock, Arz., and Hermiston heeler Andy Carlson turned the best time with a 5.2. And A Vaughn, Mont.,cowboy Shawn Bessette and Sid Sporer of Cody, Wyo, horned and heeled a clean 6.6 run. Bessette and Sporer claimed third in the aggregate with a combined 12.4 on two. Nick Sartain of Dover, Okla., and Rich Skelton of Llano, Texas, posted an aggregate of 9.6 to win the team-roping.

Brazile, who won money in team-roping, tie-down roping and steer roping, was this year’s all-around champion with total winnings of $8,559.67.

Frontier Days Rodeo

At Walla Walla Fairgrounds

Final Results

BAREBACK RIDING — 1, Bobby Mote, Stephenville, Texas, 87, $2,721.75; 2, Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 86, $2,086.67; 3, Justin McDaniel, Porum, Okla., 85, $1.542.32.

SADDLE BRONC RIDING — 1, Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., 84, $2,761.65; 2, Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah., 83, $2,117.26; 3, Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 82, $1,564.93.

BULL RIDING — 1, Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, S.D., 87, $3,120.75; 2, Paul Coppini, Kuna, Idaho, 86, $2,392.57; 3, Clayton Foltyn, Winnie, Texas, 85, $1,768.42.

TIE-DOWN ROPING

First Round — 1, Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif, 8.0 seconds, $1,405.05; 2 (tie) Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, and Trevor Brazile, Dectur, Texas, 8.1, $1,041.67 each.

Second Round — 1, Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 8.5, $1,404.05; 2, Blair Burk, Durant, Okla., 8.6, $1,162.80; 3, Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla., 8.7, $920.55.

Aggregate — 1, Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 16.5, $2,107.57; 2, Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., 17.7, $1,744.20; 3, Bradley Bynum, Sterling City, Texas, 18.8, $1,380.82.

STEER WRESTLING

First Round — 1, Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif., 3.6 seconds, $1,693.37; 2, Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas, 3.7, $1,472.50; 3, Beau Clark, Belgrade, Mont., 3.9, $1,251.62.

Second Round — 1, Brad McGilchrist, Marysville, Calif., 3.6, $1,693.37; 2, Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La., 3.7, $1,472.50; 3 (tie) Payden McIntyre, Douglas, Wyo., and Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., 3.8, $1,141.18 each.

Aggregate — 1, Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif., 8.7, $1,693.37; 2, Chance Gartner, Pasco, 8.8, $1,472.50; 3, Olin Hannum, Ogden, Utah, 9.1, $1,251.62.

TEAM ROPING

First Round — 1, Brady Tryan, Huntley, Mont., and Matt Robertson, Augusta, Mont., 4.2 seconds, $1495.57 each; 2, Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, and Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 4.6, $1,237.72 each; 3 (tie) Ty Blasingame, Ramah, Colo., and Matt Zancanella, Aurora, S.D., Arky Rogers, Lamar Texas, and Wald Woodard, Stephenville, Texas, and Nick Sartain, Dober, Okal., and Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas, 4.8, $722.00 each.

Second Round — 1, Logan Olson, Flandreau, S.D., and Travis Woodard, Stockton, Calif., 4.2, $1,495.57 each; 2 (tie) Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore., and Jim Cooper, Monument, N.M., Garrett Tonozzi, Fruita, Colo., and Justin Davis, Cottonwood, Calif., Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif., and Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas, and Chace Thompson, Munday, Texas, and Twister Cain, Gonzales, Texas, 4.4, $850.93 each.

Aggregate — 1, Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla., and Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas 9.6, $2,243.36 each; 2, Arky Rogers, Lipan, Texas, and Walt Woodard, Stephenville, Texas, 12.1, $1,856.57 each; 3, Shawn Bessette, Vaughn, Mont., and Sid Sporer, Cody, Wyo., 12.4, $1,469.79 each.

BARREL RACING — 1, Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas, 17.10 seconds, $2,399.70; 2, Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 17.23, $2,039.74; 3 (tie) Taylor Jacob, Carmine, Texas, and Shada Brazile, Decaturk, Texas, 17.24, $1,559.80 each.

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