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Wednesday Afternoon Performance

104th Pendleton Round-Up Let's 'er Buck 
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The 104th Pendleton Round-Up kicked up its heels and "let 'er buck" Wednesday as nearly 800 registered rodeo competitors crossed their fingers and hoped for the big win in this four-day competition in one of rodeo's most storied towns. The Round-Up continues through the finals on Saturday.
The Round-Up features eight PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) events, so attracts the world's best competitors, hoping a win at Pendleton will boost their chances of earning a berth at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the annual December event in Las Vegas that completes the rodeo calendar and produces the sport's world champions.
K.C. Jones, Decatur, TX, a longtime competitor at the Round-Up, took first place in Wednesday's steer wrestling competition. Jones, 43, who set the Round-Up arena record for the event in 2002 with a time of 3.3 seconds, will be looking to repeat his performance a dozen years later. The Texas cowboy has won over $1 million in prize money in his 19-year rodeo career. Also known as bulldogging, the event has a cowboy chase down a 450-600 pound steer on the run and catch the steer from his horse, then wrestle the steer to the ground and tie it. With typical finish times in the 3-10 second range, Jones wasted no time at 5.5 seconds. Right behind him was Clayton Morrison, Cavalier, ND, with a time of 5.6 seconds, followed by Beau Clark, Belgrade, MT, at 7.6. Not unusual, eight of the 12 cowboys competing in Wednesday's event failed to catch and tie their steer.
In the day's first roughstock event, where a bucking animal attempts to throw his firmly attached rider, Tim O'Connell, Zwingle, IA, took first with a score of 81 on Stoney Gap in the bareback event. In the bucking events the rider must stay on for 8 seconds to score. If he satisfies that requirement then the score is split between the rider and his mount. O'Connell was followed by Will Lowe, Canyon, TX, in second on Global Rocket, with 80, and in third Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, UT, scored 77 with Up & Away.
The 22-year-old O'Connell joined the professional ranks only last year to win the PRCA Bareback Rider rookie of the year award, while winning nine rodeos and nearly $50,000 in his launch. He followed both his dad and older brother into rodeo, then qualified for the High School National Finals Rodeo four times.
In the first of the timed roping events, tie-down roping, Blair Burk, Durant, OK, caught his calf in 9.2 seconds. Right behind him was Roger Nonella, Klamath Falls, OR, with a time of 9.4 seconds for second place, and Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, LA, 10.3 seconds. The All-Around champion at the Round-Up for the past two years, Trevor Brazile, Decatur, TX, finished 6th on Wednesday and stands at 6th in the average, with 21.2 seconds in two events. Blair is 12th in the average with 22.9. Nonella won the event at the 2013 Pendleton Round-Up. The top finishers in the average through Friday will compete on Saturday for the event championship and possibly the All Around title.
The 41-year-old Burk, has won over $2.4 million in his 21 year professional rodeo career, qualified 19 times for the National Finals Rodeo and previously won the tie-down event at the 2001 Round-Up.
Taos Muncy, Corona, NM, currently leads the world standings in the saddle bronc event and kept that spot at the Round-Up Wednesday, capturing first with a score of 81 atop Kickin Peanut. If he wins the event on Saturday it will be a repeat of his 2011 performance in Pendleton. The 27-year-old became the youngest competitor in history to win the world saddle bronc championship at 20. In his 8-year professional rodeo career he has won over $1 million, 2 world titles, repeating in 2011 and has already won a dozen rodeos this year.
Tied with Muncy on Wednesday was Tyrell Smith, 81, Cascade, MT, on Jollywell Unsocial. Four cowboys tied at 77 for third.
Muncy gave credit on Wednesday to Kickin Peanut.
"A real nice horse," he said. "I got that horse in Rapids City about two to three weeks ago and I placed on him there. Comin' out today he kind of stalled but after that he was what you want every time."
Muncy brought support this year.
"My sister, my wife and my mom all got to come up here this year. Sometimes that's the hardest part, doing good in front of your friends and family."
Regarding his current number one standings, "I'm real fortunate--I can't believe I'm leading it with all the great bronc riders there are. I just like to go and ride broncs and just have fun. As long as there's a rodeo going on you might as well enjoy it!"
Team ropers have one of the most technical challenges in rodeo. Two riders rope a steer, one, the header, captures the steer's head and turns the steer, then the second roper captures the steer's hind feet--and it must be in that order and they must hold the steer tight. As if to prove the difficulty, only 2 of the 12 teams were able to finish for a time on Wednesday. Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, TN/Clay O'Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, NV captured first with a time of 6.7 seconds, followed by Joshua and Jonathan Torres, Ocala, FL. in 7.1.
Masters, 34, has already won nearly $1.5 million in his 12-year professional career, and two world titles in 2007, 2012. In 2010 he and then-partner Jade Corkill won the event at the 100th Pendleton Round-Up. He is tied for third on the all-time winner list, with four National Finals Rodeo titles. His partner Cooper, 53, a 35-year professional rodeo competitor, has over $2.5 million in winnings, seven world titles, and has qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 27 times. The two placed in five rounds of the NFR in 2012, winning the NFR average title enroute to gold buckles and the event award of $196,899.
The most fearsome event, from the spectator's view and the competitor's, is bull riding. Bulls are the largest roughstock in rodeo and they can become nearly impossible to ride, with amazing athleticism on the part of the bull focused on ridding himself of that pesky rider. They're often successful: 12 of 19 riders on Wednesday did not score. Dallee Mason, 26, Weiser, ID, had a terrific 86 point ride on Happy Hooker to take first, followed by Clayton Savage, 28, Yoder, WY, on Minnie Me, 85, Sage Steel Kimzey,Strong City, OK, on Sunburn,82, and Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, TX, on Kimosabe with 80.
Savage has competed professionally since 2007, with $498,865 in winnings and three qualifications for the NFR. Kimzey is in his rookie year, ranked the number one rookie with $127,887 in winnings to date.
The last of the roping events, steer roping, saw longtime Round-Up competitor J.D. Yates, Pueblo, CO, take first Wednesday with a 16-second ride. Close behind was Chance Kelton, Mayer, AZ, 16.5 seconds, and Dave Inman, Bend, OR, 17.1.
The 54-year-old Yates has won nearly $1.5 million since joining professional rodeo in 1975 and qualified 21 times for the National Finals Rodeo. Kelton, 39, a professional for 20 years, has $808,193 in lifetime winnings and three qualifications for the NFR. He won the nearby Walla Walla Frontier Days rodeo earlier this summer and in 2012 his horse Bullseye wwas voted the AQHA/PRCA Steer Roping Horse of the Year.
In the final event, barrel racing, Round-Up's only women's event for professional rodeo competitors, Christy Loflin, Franktown, CO, finished with the best time for the day, 28.54 seconds. Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, TX, took second place with a time of 29.29, just ahead of Valerie Gillespie,Duchess, AB, 29.39. Loflin, 40, won this event here in 2012 and 2013. She's ranked 15th in the event and and has competed in professional rodeo for the past 13 years. Pozzi, 30, has won two world titles, 2007/2009, in barrel racing, amasssing winnings of $1.8 million in an 11-year professional career, and won nine rodeos last year while finishing 12th in the world rankings.
Tim O'Connell of Zwiggle, Iowa leads the Bareback Riders with a score of 81.Photo by Bob Click.

Bareback Results

Winn Ratlifff75
Kaycee Feilds75
Will Lowe80
Caine Riddle65
Kyle Brennecke60
Tim O'Connell81
Caleb Bennett79
JR Vezain73
Clint Laye74
R.C. Landingham75
Jessy Davis75
Nick Gutzwiler76
Luke Creasy73
Anthony Thomas66
Cody DeMoss69

Tie Down Roping

Contestant NameTime
Trent Creager0.0
Marty Yates0.0
Jesse Clark20.2
Clay Schricker21.3
Doyle Hoskins13.5
Blair Burk9.2
Shane Hanchey10.3
Trevor Knowles0.0
Curtis Cassidy11.5
Roger Nonella9.4
Tuf Cooper12.2
Trevor Brazile12.6

Tie Down Roping Leaders

Place/Name/Time on 2
1 Riley Pruitt 20.1/2
2 Roger Nonella 20.6/2
2 Landon McClaugherty 20.6/2
4 Fred Whitfield 20.8/2
5 Cimarron Boardman 21.0/2
6 Trevor Brazile 21.2/2
7 Tuf Cooper 21.3/2
8 Reese Riemer 21.6/2
9 Shane Hanchey 22.2/2
9 Matt Shiozawa 22.2/2
11 Jake Hannum 22.5/2
12 Blair Burk 22.9/2

Tyrell Smith

Taos Muncy

Tyrell Smith of Cascade, Montana is tied with Taos Muncy of Corona, New Mexico in the Saddle Bronc Riding with a score of 81. Photo by Bob Click

Saddle Bronc

Contestant Name Score
Jake BrownO
Jesse BailNTO
Delano KjosO
Hardy BradenO
Will Smith77.0
Wade SundellO
Rusty Wright77.0
Taos Muncy81.0
Cody Taton76.0
Isaac Diaz76.0
Tyrell Smith81.0
Samuel KeltsO
Dustin Flundra77.0
Luke Butterfield73.0
J.R. Berg66.0
Jacobs Crawley77.0
Jeremy Ray MelanconNTO
Sterling Crawley75.0

Saddle Bronc Leaders

Place/Name/Total Score
1  Taos Muncy 81.0
1  Tyrell Smith 81.0
3  Will Smith 77.0
3  Rusty Wright 77.0
3  Dustin Flundra 77.0
3  Jacobs Crawley 77.0
7  Cody Taton 76.0
7  Isaac Diaz 76.0
9  Sterling Crawley 75.0
10  Luke Butterfield 73.0

Steer Wrestling

Contestant NameTimel
Bill Claunch0.0
Caleb Ray0.0
John Green0.0
Jake Rinehart0.0
Beau Clark7.6
Curtis Cassidy8.0
Buster Barton0.0
Nic Brandon Nyman0.0
Aaron Vosler0.0
K.C. Jones5.5
Clayton Morrison5.6
Dalton Massey0.0

Steer Wrestling Leaders

Aggregate Place/Name/Time on 2
1 Curtis Cassidy 13.3/2
2 Beau Clark 13.5/2
2 Tanner Milan 13.5/2
4 Chance E Howard 14.1/2
5 Tony Currin 14.2/2
6 Nick Guy 14.7/2
7 Josh Peek 15.2/2
8 Austin Tyler Woods 15.4/2
9 Clayton Hass 15.5/2
10 Patrick Flory 16.1/2
11 Tom Lewis 16.3/2
12 Jule Hazen 16.5/2

Team Roping

Contestant NameTime
Kaden Richard/Clint Robinson0.0
Brodie Poppino/Neal Wood0.0
Tuf Cooper/Marty Yates0.0
Brandon Wyckoff/Riley Pruitt0.0
Landon McClaugherty/Caleb Twisselman0.0
Chad Masters/Clay O'Brien Cooper6.7
Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres7.1
Brandon Beers/Jim Ross Cooper0.0
Chase Wiley/Ace Pearce0.0
Trevor Brazile/Travis Graves0.0
Drew Horner/Buddy Hawkins II0.0
Jason Thomas/Brian Knowles0.0
Dallee Mason of Weiser, Idaho leads the Bull Riders with a score of 86. Photo by Bob Click

Bull Riding

Contestant NameScore
Roscoe Jarboe79.0
Chase RobbinsO
Clayton Savage85.0
Chandler Bownds73.0
Elliot Jacoby80.0
Corey NavarreO
Tyler SmithO
Tag ElliottO
Derek KolbabaO
J.W. Harris 
Tim BinghamO
Sage Steele Kimzey82.0
Dallee Mason87.0
Paul CoppiniO
Casey Ty WhiteO
Kanin AsayO
Ty WallaceO
Josh Koschel74.0
Dalton James VotawO

Bull Riding Leaders

Place/Name/Total Score
1 Dallee Mason 87.0
2 Clayton Savage 85.0
3 Sage Steele Kimzey 82.0
4 Elliot Jacoby 80.0
5 Roscoe Jarboe 79.0
6 Josh Koschel 74.0

Steer Roping

Contestant NameTime
Brodie Poppino26.0
Neal Wood0.0
Brady Garten19.8
Shorty Garten0.0
Brian Garr0.0
Todd Dickson0.0
J.D. Yates16.0
Kyle Lockett0.0
Ryan Rochlitz0.0
Chance Kelton16.5
Kyle Moos24.3
Dave Inman17.1

Steer Roping Leaders

Aggregate Place/Name/Time on 2
1 Rocky Patterson 26.5/2
2 Jason Evans 27.3/2
3 Chance Kelton 31.7/2
4 Brady Garten 32.3/2
5 J.D. Yates 32.4/2
6 Martin Poindexter 32.9/2
7 Jarrett Blessing 33.7/2
8 Tuf Cooper 34.3/2
9 Erich Rogers 35.0/2
10 John Casey 35.7/2
11 Brodie Poppino 39.1/2
12 Dave Inman 39.3/2

Barrel Racing

Contestant NameTime
Sandra McGinnis29.81
Valerie Gillespie29.39
Mary Walker33.00
Christy Loflin28.54
Rachel Dice30.25
Brittany Pozzi29.29
Shada BrazileDR
Sheena RobbinsDR
Hope DelawareDR
Mary Hays29.63
Kristie HurnVR
Britni Carlson29.93

Barrel Racing Leaders

1  Christy Loflin 28.54
2  Kirstin Parvin 28.66
3  Kim Schulze 28.74
4  Kimmie Wall 28.77
5  Jerita Belyea 28.80
6  Cindy Woods 28.82
7  Victoria Williams 28.95
8  Jana Bean 29.00
9  Shelly Anzick 29.26
10  Christine Laughlin 29.28
11  Brittany Pozzi 29.29
11  Sydni Blanchard 29.29
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