CHEYENNE, Wyo. (July 22, 2019) – Rodeo fans at the third performance of the 123rd Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo got to see the best bull riding that this year’s rodeo has offered so far.
After two days when just one or two riders made it the full eight seconds, on Monday, there were a total of six successful contestants and some exciting action. At the top of the board was Foster McCraw, a 21-year-old from Navasota, Texas. He rode Harper Morgan Rodeo Company’s bull named Woody for 87.5 points.
McCraw got his 2019 year off to a good start with a win at the Bulls Night Out last January at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Just last week, he got a big win at the Snake River Stampede in Nampa, Idaho. He won both rounds of competition and the title there, earning over $10,000. It jumped him up to 27th in the world standings.
With McCraw’s win here today, he advances to the semifinals. If he is successful again, he will be riding for the Cheyenne Frontier Days bull riding championship. Right behind McCraw was Dakota Louis from Browning, Montana. The three-time Indian National Finals Rodeo bull riding champion scored 86 points on United Pro Rodeo’s Meeko. He is part of the Blackfeet Nation, which is also represented here in the team roping with Dustin Bird who also competed here on Monday.
Bird, who lives near Cut Bank, Montana, is heading for Trey Yates from Pueblo, Colorado. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any luck here on Monday but will have another opportunity Tuesday. Bird and Louis are cousins, so if Bird were to advance, the cousins might both end up in the Championship Finals.
Other bull riders that were successful here on Monday were Nic Lica from Garden City, Michigan and Tim Bingham from Honeyville, Utah who both scored 83.5 points. Then Parker McCown from Montgomery, Texas was 82.5 and Clayton Sellars, Fruitland Park, Florida was 79. They all will be riding again during the semifinals.
Rodeo action gets underway for the fourth performance at Frontier Park on Tuesday at 12:45.