By Susan Kanode
Billy Bugenig from Ferndale, Calif., took the overall lead in steer wrestling at the “Daddy of ‘em All” on Tuesday. He has a total time of 17.2 on two runs. (photo by Dan Hubbell)
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Tuesday’s rodeo action at Frontier Park was full of lead changes. Steer wrestlers and team ropers started out the day with slack at 7 a.m. Those events were also part of the rodeo that afternoon.
Billy Bugenig from Ferndale, Calif., had the fastest time of the rodeo so far Monday morning when he stopped the clock in 5.9 seconds. He came back on Tuesday with an 11.3 and now is in the overall lead with a total of 17.2 seconds on two runs.
Bugenig is currently 27th in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) world standings. Last year each round winner in the steer wrestling earned $6,088. If Bugenig holds on to his first place position in the round, he should move his season earnings up to over $30,000 and be in reach of the top 15 in the world. Bugenig has finished among those top 15 on three occasions, qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo from 2010 – 2012.
He has battled injuries and missed all of last year. His return this year has been a little slow but is definitely starting to pick up. He is also tied for sixth place in the second round.
There is not a hotter saddle bronc rider in the business right now than Zeke Thurston, from Big Valley, Alberta. He took the lead in the first round on Monday with an 84, came back on Tuesday and scored 87 points on Salt River Rodeo’s Smoke Ring. He now has a total of 171 points on two head, 10 points ahead of the man in second place, Sam Kelts, from Millarville, Alberta, who also rode here on Monday and Tuesday.
Four bull riders moved into the top five on Tuesday. At the top of the list is Ty Wallace from Collbran, Colo., who is now second overall. He scored 73.5 points, but when combined with his previous score of 87, he has a total of 160.5. He is very likely to make the finals here for the third time since joining the PRCA in 2013.
Roscoe Jarboe from New Plymouth, Idaho still has the overall lead with 165. Freeman Yoder, from Zearing, Iowa, is third with 159.5. Also moving in on Tuesday were Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo., and Jordan Hansen from Okotoks, Alberta.
The barrel racing here has been full of surprises. One of those was on Tuesday when Jana Bean from Fort Hancock, Texas, had a second round time that was a full second faster than her time in the first round. She stopped the clock in 17.16 to be winning the second round and leading overall with a total 35.39. Lisa Lockhart is second with 35.43. Tyra Kane from Dublin, Texas, moved into third with 35.57.
There are still 24 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) members left to have their second run here so leads could change. However, Bean’s 17.16 is the fastest run of the rodeo here by two-tenths of a second and she is very likely to keep the lead in the second round. Bean is currently 17th in the WPRA world standings. Any money that she wins here will help her qualify for her third NFR.
The fifth performance of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo starts at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday where the majority of the contestants will be competing in the first round. The barrel racers will be in their second round of competition.
Bareback Riding: (first round) 1, Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 87 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo’s Black Tie. 2, Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev., 84. 3, Grant Denny, Minden, Nev., 83. 4, J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 82.5. 5, Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 81.5. 6, (tie) Wyatt Bloom, Bend, Ore., and Craig Wisehart, Kersey, Colo., 80. 8, (tie) Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., and Troy Vaira, Richey, Mont., 78. (second round) 1, Aus, 84.5 points on Summit Pro Rodeo’s Blind Date. 2, Larsen, 82 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo’s 9 Moons. 2, Grant Denny, 81. 3, (tie) Cody Kiser, Carson City, Nev., Casey Breuer, Mandan, N.D., Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif., and Justin Pollmiller, Weatherford, Okla., 78. 7, (tie) Champion, Kody Lamb, Sherwood Park, Alberta; Connor Hamilton, Weatherford, Okla., and R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif., 77. (total on two) 1, Larsen, 169. 2, Grant Denny, 164. 3, Aus, 162.5. 4, Wyatt Denny, 160. 5, Champion, 158.5. 6, J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 155.5. 7, Wyatt Bloom, Bend Ore., 154. 8, Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., 153.
Steer Wrestling: (first round) 1, Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif., 5.9 seconds. 2, Will Stovall, Roberts, Mont., 7.1. 3, J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn., 8.9. 4, Josh Boka, Dillon, Mont., 9.6. 5, Forest Sainsbury, Camp Crook, S.D., 9.7. 6, Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., 9.9. 7, Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D., 10.9. 8, Ty Lang, Montrose, Colo., 11.1. (second round) 1, Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb., 8.2. 2, Struxness, 8.7. 3, Cody Kroul, Solon, Iowa, 9.6. 4, Riley Butler, Blackfoot, Idaho, 10.3. 5, Weston Taylor, Perryton, Texas, 10.8. 6, Blair Jones, Colby, Kan., 11.0. 7, (tie) Cody Kabral, Hilo, Hawaii, and Cameron Morman, Glenullin, N.D., 11.1. (total on two) 1, Bugenig, 17.2. 2, Struxness, 17.6. 3, Parrott, 22.3. 4, Floyd, 22.6. 5, Sainsbury, 22.9. 6, Scott Guenthner, Consort, Alberta, 24.3. 7, Kroul, 24.4. 8, Justin Simon, Florence, Ariz., 25.2.
Tie-Down Roping: (first round) 1, Chase Williams, Stephenville, Texas, 10.3 seconds. 2, Billy Hamilton, Stigler, Okla., 11.0. 3, (tie) Boe Brown, Valentine, Neb.; Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas; and Tyler Thiel, Belle Fourche, S.D., 11.1 each. 6, Jayce Johnson, Hempstead, Texas, 11.3. 7, Matt Shiozawa, Chubbock, Idaho, 11.4. 8, Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan., 11.6. (second round) 1, Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla., 10.3. 2, Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 11.0. 3, Matt Shiozawa, Chubbock, Idaho, 11.4. 4, Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas, 11.9. 5, Stephen McLauchlin, Rockwall, Texas, 12.2. 6, Blake Ash, Aurora, Mo., 29.7. 7, Kyle Lucas, Carstairs, Alberta, 12.6. 8, Lane Jeffrey, Wilburton, Okla., 12.9. (total on two) 1, Matt Shiozawa, Chubbock, Idaho, 22.8. 2, Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 24.9. 3, Lucas, 25.2. 4, Josh Jennings, Glendale, Utah, 26.1. 5, Quay Howard, Canyon, Texas, 26.3. 6, (tie) Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., and Brice Ingo, Boone, Colo., 26.4. 8, Boe Brown, Valentine, Neb., 26.5.
Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round) 1, Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 84 points on Hi Lo Pro Rodeo’s Lulu. 2, Samuel Kelts, Millarville, Alberta, 82. 3, Ben Londo, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 81. 4, Tyrell J. Smith, Great Falls, Mont., 80. 5, (tie) Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D., and Andy Clarys, Riverton, Wyo., 78. 7, Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 77.5. 8, Justin Caylor, Sulphur Springs, Texas, 77. (second round) 1, Thurston, 87 points on Salt River Rodeo’s Smoke Ring. 2, Dawson Jandreau, Kennebec, S.D., 84. 3, (tie) Ryan Mackenzie, Homedale, Idaho; Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., and Tyrell J. Smith, 80. 6, Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah, 79.5. 7, Kelts, 79. 8, (tie) Londo and Schmidt 78.5. (total on two) 1, Thurston, 171. 2, Kelts, 161. 3, Tyrell J. Smith, 160. 4, Londo, 157.5. 5, Schmidt, 156.5, 6, Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 155. 7, Jandreau, 155. 8, Boore, 154.5.
Rookie Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round) 1, Rhett Fox, Redig, S.D., 73 points. 2, McKoy Hugh Christiansen, Emery, Utah, 70. 3, Clay Stremler, Fallon, Nev., 68. 4, Triston Eklund, Valentine, Neb., 67. 5, (tie) Tanner Lockhart, Lewis, Colo., and Nick Chew, Maybell, Colo., 60. (second round) 1, Shayde Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 76 points. 2, Josh Davison, Miles City, Mont., 76.5. 3, Jeff Cover, Ashby, Neb., 65.5. 4, William Bagley, Baker, Mont., 65. 5, Clay Stremler, 64. 6, McKoy Hugh Christiansen, Emery, Utah, 59. (total on two) 1. Stremler, 132. 2, Christiansen, 129. 3, Lockhart, 114. (on one) 4, Davison, 76.5. 5, Etbauer, 76. 6, Fox, 73.
Team Roping: (first round) 1, Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas, and Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas, 7.2. 2, (tie) Casey Adams, Ault, Colo., and Riley Pedro, Honolulu, Hawaii; Rowdy Rieken, Arp, Texas and Wesley Johnson, Log Cabin, La.; Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz., and Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz.; Turner Harris and Ross Carson, Killdeer, N.D., 9.3. 6, Calvin Brevik, Durango, Colo., and Cullen Teller, Pierce, Colo., 9.4. 7, Casey Tew, Billings, Mont., and John Robertson, Polson, Mont., 9.8. 8, Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D., and Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 10.1. (second round) 1, J.B. Lord and Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D., 8.2. 2, (tie) Pate Norell, Delta, Colo., and Joe Roderick, Loma, Colo., and Nathan McWhorter, Telephone, Texas, and Dustin Davis, Terrell, Texas, 9.0. 4, Jason Thorstenson, Rapid City, S.D., and Paul Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D., 9.3. 5, Casey Tew, Billings, Mont., and John Robertson, Polson, Mont., 9.8. 6, Wade, and Kirchenschlager, 10.0. 7, Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta, and Jeremy Buhler, Abbottsford, B.C., 10.2. 8, Cole Dorenkamp, Lamar, Colo., and Josh Fillmore, Penrose, Colo., 10.4. (total on two) 1, Wade and Kirchenschlager, 17.2. 2, Tew and Robertson, 19.6. 3, McWhorter and Davis, 19.7. 4, Brevik and Teller, 19.9. 5, Dorenkamp and Fillmore, 22.3. 6, Jr. Dees, Aurora, S.D., and Matt Zancanella, Aurora, S.D., 23.2. 7, J.B. Lord and Levi Lord, 23.8. 8, (tie) Caleb Mitchell, Mason, Texas, and Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb., and Tanner Patzke, Klamath Falls, Ore., and Sid Sporer, Cody, Wyo., 25.9.
Barrel Racing: (second round) 1, Jana Bean, Fort Hancock, Texas, 17.16 seconds. 2, Kathy Korell-Rach, Loveland, Colo., 17.29. 3, Tyra Kane, Dublin, Texas, 17.46. 4, (tie) Kelly Kennedy-Joseph, Berthoud, Colo., and Romany Gordon, Kaufman, Texas, 17.60. 5, Sara Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga., 17.64. 6, (tie) Jeni Cerise, Eckert, Colo., and Sharon Harrell, Wickenburg, Ariz., 17.66. 8, (tie) Molly Childers, Mead, Okla., and Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 17.72. (total on two) 1, Bean, 35.39. 2, Lockhart, 35.43. 3, Kane, 35.57. 4, Korell-Rach, 35.58. 5, (tie) Kennedy-Joseph and Cayla Melby, 35.61. 7, McDonald, 35.62. 8, Jane Melby, Burneyville, Okla., 35.67.
Bull Riding: (first round) 1, Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo., 87 points on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s Captain Crunch. 2, Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa, 86.5. 3, Freeman Yoder, Zearing, Iowa, 84.5. 4, Dallee Mason, Weiser, Idaho, 83. 5, (tie) Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D., Lon Danley, Tularosa, N.M., and Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho, 81. 6, (tie) Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho, and Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah, 80. (second round) (one ride) 1, Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho, 85 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Crossfire. 2, (tie) Kurtis Turner, Washington, Utah, and Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo., 80.5. 4, Rocky McDonald, Colonia Juarez, Mexico, 79.5. 5, Jordan Hansen, Okotooks, Alberta, 78. 6, David Hudson, Grand Saline, Texas, 75.5. 7, Yoder, 75. 8, Wallace, 73.5. (total on two) 1, Jarboe, 165. 2, Wallace, 160.5. 3, Yoder, 159.5. 4, Tyler Smith, 158.5. 5, Hansen, 153.5. (on one) 6, Reiste, 86.5. 7, Mason, 83. 8, (tie) Bertus, Danley and Portenier, 81.
Wild Horse Race: 1, Hansen Hauling, $573. 2, Joe Even, $430. 3, Davis Dental, $286. (overall money leaders) 1, Team Krak-A-Latch, $1002. 2, Jason Smith, $716. 3, Hansen Hauling, $573. 4, (tie) Joe Even and Cowboy’s Dream, $430.