Three 2017 CFD Champions have a chance to defend their titles- saddle bronc rider Brody
Cress, team roping header, Erich Rogers, team roping heeler, Cory Petska (Rogers and
Petska are now roping with different partners)
Today’s field includes 13 more former CFD champions: Tanner Aus (bareback-2015), Will
Lowe (bareback- 2009, 2012), Jacobs Crawley (saddle bronc- 2016), Nick Guy (steer
wrestling- 2015), Chad Masters (team roping header- 2009), Derrick Begay (team roping
header- 2010), Clint Cooper (tie-down roping- 2004), Scott Kormos (tie-down roping-
2013), Sherry Cervi (1995), Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi (barrel racing- 2007), Lisa Lockhart
(barrel racing- 2015), Matt Herbbert (competing in steer roping, rookie saddle bronc- 2003)
Jarrett Blessing (steer roping- 2016)
2008 CFD bull riding champion Steve Woolsey will not be competing. He broke his leg in
Wyoming will be cheering for three of their own cowboys, steer wrestler Miguel Garcia from
Kaycee, bareback rider Seth Lee Hardwick who makes his home in Ranchester, and
hometown hero, Brody Cress will be defending his title in saddle bronc riding.
Trevor Brazile virtually has the all-around title sewn up. None of the other contestants in the
running have won money in two events.
Fourteen current or former world champions qualified for today’s finals.
Several bucking horses and bulls from different stock contractors in today’s draw were
selected for the 2017 National Finals Rodeo.
None of today’s bull riders have won CFD titles.
Championship Sunday is a family affair in the team roping, barrel racing, saddle bronc, steer
roping and tie-down roping.
o Cory Petska (team roping heeler) and his wife Sherry Cervi (barrel racing)
o Brothers Jacobs and Sterling Crawley (saddle bronc)
o Rusty Wright will compete against his Uncle and 2014 World Champion Spencer
Wright (saddle bronc)
o Brothers Tuf Cooper (steer roping) and Clint Cooper (tie-down roping), sons of Roy
Cooper (eight-time world champion and six-time CFD champion)
Former world (1985 -1086) and CFD (1998 – 1999) champion steer roper Jim Davis’ son,
Bryce Davis will be competing in the steer roping.
Championship Sunday is an international affair.
o Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta and Straws Milan, Cochrane, Alberta (steer
o Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta (saddle bronc)
o Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prude, Brazil (team roping heeler)
o Silvano Alvez, Pilar do Sul,Brazil (bull riding)