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Pendleton, Oregon 9/11/14—Cody DeMoss rode the symbol of Pendleton’s famous Round-Up rodeo, a bucking bronc, to first place on Thursday and first place in the overall standings with a score of 85 after two days of the four-day competition for the world’s most accomplished cowboys. The 33-year-old native of Heflin, LA is currently number 10 in the world standings in the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association).
Nearly 800 rodeo professionals have descended on the eastern Oregon town of Pendleton for the biggest annual event in this part of the world, attracting over 50,000 people to enjoy the sport and the culture of rodeo. The rodeo gallops to a finish on Saturday when the champions of eight PRCA events are awarded cash and championship saddles. The competitor with the most winnings will take the title of All Around Cowboy.
DeMoss is followed in the overall standings by two perennial competitors at the Round-Up, Jake Wright, 25, Milford, UT in second with 82, and Taos Muncy, whose 81 puts him third. Muncy, 27, Corona, NM, is the current PRCA world leader in the saddle bronc event with $106,370 in earnings, not counting what he’s accumulating this week in Pendleton. Wright is a member of an accomplished Utah rodeo family and two of his brothers and one of his nephews are in the top 12 overall in saddle bronc at this week’s Round-Up. Jake Wright won the Round-Up’s saddle bronc championship last year. He went on to take second at the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in December, the premier rodeo event that provides the sport with its world champions.
There are five PRCA sanctioned timed events at the Round-Up, tie-down roping, team roping, steer roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing, the last a speed competition and the Round-Up’s only PRCA event for women.
In the first timed event at Thursday’s Round-Up, tie-down roping, local favorite Brad Goodrich of nearby Hermiston, OR, captured first by capturing his calf in 10 seconds, followed by 1/10th of a second by Sam Levine’s time of 10.1. Levine is from Wolf Creek, MT. The 46-year-old Goodrich has competed professionally since 1987, earning over $1.2 million in cash prizes and qualifying six times for the NFR. He last won the tie-down championship in Pendleton in 2008 where he also won the All Around award in 2004.
Leaders in the overall standings for tie-down, with times for two events, through Thursday, are Riley Pruitt, 22, Gering, NE, 20.1, and last year’s event winner, Roger Nonella, 27, Klamath Falls, OR, 20.6, Landon McClaugherty, 34, Tilden, TX, 20.6, Fred Whitfield, 47, 20.8, Hockley, TX, and Sam Levine, 20.9.
Tilden Hooper and Austin Foss tied for first Thursday in the bareback event, both scoring 81. In bucking events the score is divided by the judges between the animal and the rider. Riders who do well commonly commend their horses. Foss received 45/36 for rider/horse, while Hooper received 39/42. Either way, it’s an 81 for the contestant.
Asked about his ride today, Foss said he’d never ridden his horse, Soap Bubbles, before. “But the horse came out and had a great day. I was doing my job, letting him roll and he did great.”
Foss, 22, Terrebonne, OR, is a local favorite who competed for Pendleton’s Blue Mountain Community College before turning pro in 2012. He currently is third in the event’s world rankings, with nearly $110,000 in 2014 winnings, not far behind another local favorite, #2 Steven Peebles, 25, of Redmond,OR, with $121,000 for the year. Peebles is also competing in this year’s Round-Up, in an attempt to keep the champion title he won here last year. Foss has won 14 rodeos so far in 2014.
Foss made clear he is focused on a national championship. He described the trips to Las Vegas for the NFR as feeling “like I just left there and it’s time to go back. But you got to just stay positive, stay in the gym and keep your body in good shape and you’ll be all right. Hopefully, I’ll have a world championship. That’s what we hope for.”
In the overall event rankings through Thursday, Hooper and Foss are tied with Tim O’Connell, 22, Zwingle, IA, who won on Wednesday, also with an 81 score. O’Connell last year won the PRCA Bareback rider rookie of the year award. Right behind the three in the overall standings is veteran competitor Will Lowe, with a score of 80. The 31-year-old Lowe joined the PRCA in 2001 and has over $2.2 million in winnings and three world titles, finishing in third place in the 2013 world standings. He won the bareback event here at the Round-Up in 2006 and 2008.
Unlike the roping events, steer wrestlers don’t toss a rope to capture a steer, instead they throw their bodies from the horse as they grab the steer’s horns, hoping to land in the perfect position to turn and tie the steer’s legs. Unfortunately perfection is often elusive. Of Thursday’s 12 contestants, six failed to catch the steer. But of the rest, one had a remarkable 3.8-second time to take first. The winner was Casey Martin, Sulphur Springs, LA, who just last week celebrated his 33rd birthday. In 12 years of professional rodeoing Martin has earned nearly $700,000 in prize money and finished 4th last year in the event’s world standings.
Martin won this event at the Round-Up in 2008 and 2010.
In the overall standings, with times for two events, the leaders are: Curtis Cassidy, 35, Donalda, AB, 13.3, Beau Clark, 32, Belgrade, MT, 13.5, Tanner Milan, 31, Cochrane, AB, 13.5, Chance Howard, 23, Cedarville, AR, 14.1, Tony Currin, Dayton, WA, 14.2. Currin won this event at the Round-Up in 1987 and 1989.
Team roping is the only Round-Up event where two competitors team up to win the event. The rules require the header to catch a galloping steer by its head, usually around the horns, and turn it. The header’s partner, the heeler, ropes the steer’s hind feet and they pull the steer tight to ensure it’s caught. If one partner successfully lassos the steer but the other misses there’s no time. Catching only one foot adds a 5-second penalty.
Manny Egusquiza Jr./Martin Lucero took first on Thursday with a 5.0 second finish. They were followed by Kaleb Driggers/Patrick Smith, 6.6, and Daniel Rice/Andy Holcomb, 7.3.
Egusquiza, 36, Madison, GA, is an 18-year rodeo professional with nearly $200,000 in cash prize winnings. 2014 has been one of his most successful years ever, with 9 rodeos won. His father competed in PRCA rodeos and got Manny involved early. He switched from heeling to heading in 2011.
Lucero, 46, Stephenville, TX, has 23 years of professional competition under his belt with $1.7 million in prize money and finished 11th in last year’s world standings in this event. He has qualified for 16 NFR events and last year won nearly $50,000 after finishing 9th in the NFR.
Driggers, 24, Albany, GA, began his professional career in 2009 and has already accumulated nearly $600,000 in cash awards, with three qualifications for the NFR. He finished 4th in the world standings last year. His partner, Smith, 34, Lipan, TX, finished 5th in the 2013 world standings, has competed professionally since 2003 and won over $1.5 million, with two world titles in 2005 and 2010. He was the PRCA 2003 Team Roping (Heeling) Rookie of the Year.
Of 17 bull riders who focused on an 8-second ride Thursday, four managed to finish for a score. That’s bull riding. Pendleton’s East Oregonian newspaper recently noted that a bull weighs as much as seven NFL defensive linemen. Only recently have bull riders begun to regularly wear helmets and other protective gear. But it’s still one of the most challenging events in any sport.
Clayton Foltyn scored 81 Thursday, followed by Cody Campbell, 78, Jeff Bertus 76, and Jordan Wacey Spears, 72. For the other 13 riders it was no score.
Foltyn, 29, El Campo, TX, won last year’s bull riding championship at the Pendleton Round-Up and finished 17th in world standings. In a 10-year professional career he has earned nearly $700,000 in prize money. In his first year, 2004, he was chosen as the PRCA Overall, All-Around and Bull Riding Rookie of the Year. He claims his dad, who raises bulls for rodeos, as his rodeo idol.
In the overall standings, Dallee Mason, 26, Weiser, ID, with 87 on Wednesday, is first, followed by Clayton Savage, 28, Yoder, WY, with 85, Sage Steele Kimsey, 20, Strong City, OK, 82, and Foltyn at 81. Kimzey is having an outstanding rookie year, ranked the number one PRCA rookie with $127,887 in winnings.
Pamela Capper, 51, Cheney, WA, ranked 20th in the world standings and second in the Columbia River circuit with over $50,000 in prize money this year, took first in this women’s event, with a time of 28.48 seconds. That also put her first in the overall standings, just ahead of Christy Loflin, 40, at 28.54. Capper finished second in the overall standings last year at the Round-Up. Loflin has won the championship in this event at the last two Pendleton Round-Ups. Second on Thursday was Callahan Crossley, 28.94, followed by Jody Sheffield, 31, Ogden, UT, 29.0. Sheffield was the Round-Up’s 2010 champion in barrel racing. Crossley is 8th in the Round-Up’s overall standings, Sheffield is tied for 10th.
Of the group, Loflin at 12th ranks highest in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association standings, with nearly $72,000 in 2014 winnings.
In the final timed event, Chris Glover, 54, Keensburg, CO, took first in steer roping with a time of 14.7 seconds, followed by Ralph Williams, 56, Skiatook, OK, 15.2, and Jim Ward, Pendleton, OR, 17.3. They were the only three of 12 competitors to catch their steer.
In the overall standings for steer roping, based on the aggregate time for two events, Rocky Patterson, 48, Pratt, KS, leads with 26.5, followed by Jason Evans, 44, Huntsville, TX, 27.3, Chance Kelton, 39, Mayer, AZ, 31.7, Brady Garten, 32, Claremore, OK, 32.3 and J.D. Yates, 54, Pueblo, CO, 32.4.
Patterson finished second in the world in the event last year and in a 22-year professional career has won over $1 million in prize money.