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GUYMON, Okla. â€“ There are a lot of adjectives to describe Cord McCoy: former bull rider, television show host, livestock contractor and reality TV star.
Theyâ€™re all mixed into a giant bag of cowboy. This weekend McCoy will be in the Oklahoma Panhandle for the Kasey Hayes & Stormy Wing Invitational PBR Touring Pro event, set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena in Guymon.
McCoy will be one of the stock contractors at the event, providing bucking bulls to match the power of some of the Professional Bull Riders brightest rising stars. He also will be making appearances Saturday in Guymon.
From 10 a.m.-noon, McCoy will be part of an autograph session at Carterâ€™s Market Place, where he also will announce the winner of the â€śName the Bullâ€ť contest.
Starting at 2:30 p.m., he will be at Bobâ€™s Cowboy Bar and Rodeo Room signing autographs and meeting with fans. A booth will be set up at the arena before the event begins for autographs from McCoy, Hayes, Wing and other PBR stars.
McCoy, a ranch-raised cowboy from the tiny southeastern Oklahoma town of Tupelo, is a five-time International Professional Rodeo Association champion who qualified in bull riding for the National Finals Rodeo in 2005. In the years since, he has qualified numerous times to the PBR World Finals.
He is the host of â€śThe Ride with Cord McCoy,â€ť which airs on RFD-TV. Most notably, he and his brother, Jet, have appeared an unprecedented three times on the CBS-TV reality series â€śThe Amazing Race,â€ť most recently during the spring 2014 season. The McCoys have been fan favorites on the show since their first appearance in 2010. In fact, they were named Best Dynamic Duo for the 2014 CBS Fan Awards.
In addition to witnessing the true spectacle that is the PBR and seeing the associationâ€™s big names, this is a great opportunity for fans to meet one of the most well-known cowboys today.
DODGE CITY, Kan. â€“ Fans have come to expect nothing but greatness with the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.
Members of the volunteer committee that produce the annual event have come up with a topper in the form of the Dodge City Roundup Xtreme Bulls, set for 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at Roundup Arena.
â€śWe looked at ways we could add to our rodeo, and we realized there was something with the Xtreme Bulls,â€ť Roundup chairman Dr. R.C. Trotter said, referring to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Associationâ€™s bull riding-only events. â€śWe thought this was the perfect way to kick off a big week of rodeo in Dodge City.â€ť
Roundup is a big-time event in ProRodeo. Two years ago, it was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Each season, it regularly features a whoâ€™s who list of the sportâ€™s greatest stars. In fact, there are so many bull riders that most performances feature two sections of bull riding â€“ one to start the show, and one to finish.
â€śWe get a lot of bull riders every year, so we thought this was a great way to get the very best to show up one night,â€ť said Trotter, who, with his wife, Mary, is sponsoring the Xtreme Bulls with Glazerâ€™s/Miller/Coors. â€śI think the fans will love it.â€ť
They should. The Roundup championship buckle is one of the most sought-after prizes in the sport; now the Xtreme Bulls championship will be another strong piece to a bull riderâ€™s resume.
â€śDodge City is one of the best rodeos all year,â€ť said Sage Kimzey, a ProRodeo rookie who has led the bull riding world standings much of the season. â€śI love that they are having an Xtreme Bulls event, and it sounds like the city of Dodge City and the sponsors have stepped up to make this great.
The one-night affair will feature a large purse, which is attractive to the contestants. Now in its 10th year, the Xtreme Bulls Tour features a place for the top bull riders in the game to showcase their talents against some of the rankest bulls in the sport. Forty bull riders will all compete in the first round, with the best scores advancing to the championship round. The best cumulative score on the two rides will be crowned the inaugural Dodge City Roundup Xtreme Bulls champion.
â€śXtreme Bulls is a very good deal for the sport of rodeo,â€ť said Kimzey, 19, of Strong City, Okla. â€śBull riding has always been a fan-favorite event, and Iâ€™m not saying that just because Iâ€™m a bull rider. If you can bring it all together with the top 40 bull riders and some hometown guys, you understand why itâ€™s such a good deal.
â€śItâ€™s great for the sport, great for the fans and great for the bull riders.â€ť
While Kimzey leads the world standings, four-time and reigning world champion J.W. Harris of Mullin, Texas, leads the Xtreme Bulls money list. Both are expected to be in the line-up when the show rolls into town. Kimzey, who won the Xtreme Bulls title in San Antonio earlier this year, is hoping he continues his string of solid performances.
â€śMomentum is the most important thing in bull riding ad rodeo in general,â€ť said Kimzey, who earlier this month finished second at the College National Finals Rodeo. â€śItâ€™s such a mind game. You can fail 50 percent of the time, and youâ€™re still a good bull rider in todayâ€™s world.â€ť
LOVINGTON, N.M. â€“ J.W. Harris is a man on a mission.
Last season, the Mullin, Texas, cowboy rode his way to a fourth bull riding world championship, earning nearly $253,000 for the season. This year, heâ€™s focused on gold buckle No. 5, which is why he will be part of all the action at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo â€“ first with the Lea County Xtreme Bulls, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, then during the rodeo, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6-Saturday, Aug. 9, at Jake McClure Arena.
Itâ€™s a hectic week of non-stop action for one of the greatest bull riders in ProRodeo history.
â€śYou can win a lot of money out of Lovington,â€ť said Harris, who in early July was No. 2 in the world standings. â€śThe last two year I finished pretty good in the bull riding and got thrown off my short-round bull at 7.9 seconds both times. You still win a lot of money at the bull riding, but then you turn right back around and have a chance to win money at the rodeo, too.
â€śThatâ€™s a big week for us, especially with the other rodeos going on. A man can make a lot of money right there in a week.â€ť
Harris knows what it takes to make money, especially in southeastern New Mexico. Over the last two years, Harris has earned $9,362 at the Lea County Xtreme Bulls. Just imagine what could have happened had he finished off the final one-tenth of a second during the championship round.
â€śDoing well is always good at the Xtreme Bulls because they pay so well, depending on how well you do in each of the rounds,â€ť said Harris, who has earned more than $45,000 in Xtreme Bulls this season, more than half of his earnings as of July 7.
â€śIt helps you add a little bit of a cushion or make up a lot of ground in just one day, especially with the big-paying rodeos mostly being done by the time we get to Lovington. If you can win $15,000 out of Lovington, that just sets you up on the rest of the fall run.â€ť
The rodeo season runs Oct. 1-Sept. 30, and only the cowboys among the top 15 in earnings at the conclusion of the season earn the right to compete at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, which takes place at Las Vegas in December. Having big-money opportunities in August is critical for the contestants hoping to secure their spot at the year-end championship event.
It takes more than great cowboys to find success at that level; it takes great bulls, too. Thatâ€™s where Pete Carr Pro Rodeo comes in. Not only will the Dallas-based livestock contractor provide some of the greatest bulls in the game at the Xtreme Bulls event, Carr also solicits other top-caliber bulls from other contractors to be in Lovington for the challenge.
â€śWe have a tremendous lineup of bulls,â€ť Carr said. â€śItâ€™s going to be amazing with the caliber of bulls we have coming this year.â€ť
Thatâ€™s why world champions and others from ProRodeoâ€™s elite will take any means possible to be in Lovington for the event.
â€śWith the Xtreme bull riders in Lovington, it should be something people will talk about for a while,â€ť Carr said. â€śI think this is something that will draw a lot of fans to town, because itâ€™s going to be that good.â€ť
Thatâ€™s what organizers have learned over the past two seasons and why Xtreme Bulls returns to town again this August.
â€śWe thought it was an event that would go well with our fair and rodeo,â€ť said Greg Massey, chairman of the rodeo committee. â€śWe think the people in this area would really enjoy it. Xtreme Bulls is a high-energy event that people in this area would turn out for.
â€śWith the price of our fair and rodeo being just $8 for admission, we felt like it was an outstanding event we could give to a family for a very affordable price.â€ť
EAGLE, Colo. â€“ Cowboys have come to expect big things when they arrive for the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo.
A big reason for that is the amazing livestock from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, the livestock producer for the annual rodeo, set for Wednesday, July 23-Saturday, July 26, at Johnette Phillips Arena on the Eagle County Fairgrounds.
Over the years, cowboys and fans have come to expect high scores over the course of the four-night rodeo that rests along the picturesque Rocky Mountains.
â€śThe cool thing about Eagle is everything bucks so well that you never know whatâ€™s going to win,â€ť said bareback rider Casey Colletti, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Pueblo, Colo.
The scores prove it. From the Ryan Gray-Grass Dancer match-up in 2009 that resulted in a world record-tying score of 94 points to rides regularly in the high 80s, Eagle is the perfect place for big-time rides.
â€śEagle is a pretty special place, even if weâ€™re just talking about the atmosphere,â€ť said Pete Carr, owner of the Dallas-based livestock firm. â€śThe animals just love the weather. Itâ€™s really cool for us as well when you figure weâ€™re a Texas livestock company. Getting to go to Eagle in July from this kind of heat in Texas is a nice change for all of us.â€ť
Take last yearâ€™s performances, which featured a number of top scores from ProRodeoâ€™s biggest stars. Jesse Wright, the 2012 world champion saddle bronc rider from Milford, Utah, won the rodeo on Carrâ€™s Django, while three-time NFR qualifier Trevor Kastner of Ardmore, Okla., won the bull riding title on Carrâ€™s One Bad Cat.
A pair of up-and-coming cowboys shared the bareback riding championship with big rides on two of the greatest bucking horses in the game. George Gillespie IV of Elgin, Ore., matched moves with Dirty Jacket, while third-year pro Richie Champion of The Woodlands, Texas, rode Scarletâ€™s Web.
Having great animal athletes is the key to all cowboysâ€™ success, and they know theyâ€™ll have a good shot at a great payday with the Carr livestock in Eagle.
â€śPete has our interests in line,â€ť said Champion, who has been among the top 10 in the world standings much of the 2014 season. â€śHe wants us to have good horses to get on. Heâ€™s put in a lot of time to get good horses together, and he has a lot. He has horses that are consistent. Heâ€™s one of the guys that have the top animals and hauls them all over the country to give us a chance to win.â€ť
Champion has earned a number of key victories over the last 12 months, including the championship in Guymon, Okla., this past May while aboard Fancy Free, a regular at the NFR. But it doesnâ€™t matter whether itâ€™s amazing bucking horses or bulls, Carr has them at every rodeo.
â€śAnytime Pete Carr has a rodeo, you know the stockâ€™s going to be great,â€ť said rookie Sage Kimzey, the No. 1 bull rider in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. â€śHis bull string is one of the best in the business.â€ť
Whenever the Carr team rolls into town, itâ€™s a winning combination.
LOVINGTON, N.M. â€“ A walk around the Lea County Fairgrounds in early August reveals many sights, sounds and smells.
Itâ€™s robust and inspiring, and the sounds of fair-goers resonates across the complex on Lovingtonâ€™s eastern edge. There are tasty treats and delicious meals; there are games and rides; and there are great acts that make up the daily entertainment schedule.
The Lea County Fair and Rodeo will feature daily entertainers from 5 p.m. to closing every night of the fair, from Aug. 1-9. This yearâ€™s lineup includes ventriloquist Kevin Johnson, the Equilibrium Circus and the Ham Bone Express Pig Races.
â€śWe talk to people in the community about what they want to see at the fair, and we try to stay with that,â€ť said Corey Helton, chairman of the Lea County Fair Board.
Ham Bone Express is operated by the Borger family, and they bring their action and comedy show to Lovington from northwest Arkansas. Itâ€™s funny, fun to watch and fast-paced, and the Borgers claim to have â€śThe Swiftest Swine Off the Line.â€ť It has four races with four pigs in each race, and the master of ceremonies keeps the crowd involved by assigning cheering sections, with each section having a designated â€śrooter,â€ť or cheerleader.
â€śThe thing I love about that is that he changes it up every year,â€ť Helton said of Charlie Borger, the emcee who operates the show with his wife, Carol. â€śHeâ€™s part of the show with the pigs. The people love him, and I can see why. If you sit down with him and talk to him, thatâ€™s just the way he is; he just cracks you up.â€ť
The tandem presents the ancient circus art of hand-to-hand with quirky twists as they perform a number of tricks and stunts that may not be seen anywhere else. They also add a little heat to the equation in the form of fire.
The Equilibrium Circus features the award-winning duo, who show off their athletic talent and creativity. With more than 30 years of combined experience, they have appeared in film, television, theater, street performance and live events.
Johnson, who started ventriloquism at age 9, has a pretty good pedigree, too. He was self-taught, but he was drawn to entertaining quite naturally â€“ his grandfather, Harley Noles, performed magic shows throughout Colorado and offered a spot in his lineup should Johnson develop his act well enough.
When Johnson was 13, he opened for his grandfather, performing for five minutes with a wooden puppet that his grandfather made him. Since then, he has appeared on â€śThe Late Show with David Lettermanâ€ť and â€śAmericaâ€™s Got Talent.â€ť
â€śWe want to bring the acts to our fair and rodeo that the people of Lea County want to see,â€ť Helton said. â€śThatâ€™s been very successful for us.â€ť
HORSEMANSHIP CHALLENGE WILL FEATURE TOP TRAINERS WORKING WITH YOUNG HORSES
CENTENNIAL, Colo. â€“ There is something beautiful and majestic about a horse, from its raw power to its sheer beauty in movement.
Russell Beatty first witnessed it as a child, and thatâ€™s when his passion for horses began to stir. Itâ€™s merged into a lifelong love and a hunger to work with horses.
You see, Beatty has worked with and trained horses all his life, and now he has developed the Colt Starting Challenge USA, an event that features some of the brightest trainers in the country who work with untrained horses in a competition.
â€śThese are a competition between trainers,â€ť said Beatty, a native Texan now living in Hawaii. â€śEach trainer is matched with a horse on a random draw. The colts have not been started and have not ever been saddled or bridled. They have been unhandled most of the time.â€ť
The trainers will then work with the animals over the course of two two-hour sessions set up over two days, and judges will determine which of the trainers wins. The competitions will take place across the country, including one that begins at 6 p.m. Friday, July 25, and 5 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Friends of Horses Rescue Arena in Centennial.
â€śWe will have two hours of work the first day with a half-hour break in between,â€ť Beatty said. â€śThis is all done with an audience, and each contestant has a microphone so that when itâ€™s their time to talk, they can say what theyâ€™re doing and why theyâ€™re doing it.
â€śThe second day has two 45-minute sessions with a break in between. After the second session, we tear down the round pens, set up our obstacle course and the contestants ride their horse through the obstacle course. The winner gets a buckle.â€ť
The contestants love the idea.
â€śThe thing I like about it is that Russell cares about the people and the horses, and he just wants to make for a good competition,â€ť said Bob Mundy of Norco, Calif., who has competed in two events, including one victory. â€śHe wants to show people that there are different ways and different methods to colt-starting. It opens the publicâ€™s eye that if you do it in the correct manner, you can really start a colt in a short amount of time.â€ť
It also allows trainers to show their stuff and promote the work they do. Thatâ€™s a valuable tool, especially for horse owners that are looking for someone who can work with well with their animals.
â€śIn the first two days, the colt is able to learn new things really fast,â€ť said Victor Sundquist, 20, of Olathe, Colo., who has been training professionally for four years. â€śItâ€™s amazing what you can do in the first hour. Iâ€™ve actually been able to stand up on a horse in the first couple of hours.â€ť
Itâ€™s that type of progress that makes the Colt Starting Challenges a draw not only for competitors but also for horse-loving fans who come to see the trainers at work. They can take some of the lessons they learn inside the arena back home or consider utilizing one of the trainers with their animals. The shows are set up in a fan-friendly environment that makes each performance enlightening.
Itâ€™s a pretty good feature for Beatty, who began the idea on the islands a few years ago.
â€śI had guys calling me, and they were wanting us to do them over here,â€ť he said of the mainland. â€śThere is a calling for them, so we are putting them on over here. The contestants love them, and the crowd loves them. People are seeing how you can really work with the horses and see that the horses respond better to this type of training.â€ť
Beatty was raised near San Antonio in the community of Helotes, Texas. He competed in rodeo and attended college in Sheridan, Wyo., on a rodeo scholarship, where he studied ranch management. He continued to compete in rodeo â€“ riding bulls and saddle broncs and roping calves â€“ until he was 42.
If thereâ€™s something to be done on a horse, Beatty has done it. He now enjoys the theory of natural horsemanship in working with animals, which is how he developed the Colt Starting Challenge for competition.
â€śI first attended a colt starting challenge put on by a top rated horse clinician,â€ť he said. â€śI was intrigued and amazed by what I saw. The trainersâ€™ methods simplified and sped up the process of gentling a horse.â€ť
The theory is being put to work nationwide.
â€śI really enjoy it and think itâ€™s awesome,â€ť said Sundquist, who works with his father in training horses. â€śI got involved mostly because it was something new and something different. Partially itâ€™s for the advertising for me.â€ť
It has been a powerful tool for the competitors in their own promotion.
â€śFor anybody that does this, our goal is to promote how we go about it,â€ť Mundy said. â€śI like colt starting because I like being able to start horses and get them a good foundation. The first few days with a horse makes all the difference in a horse.
â€śThe people who come to these events can see the different methods coming together. They can see the different things going on. I really see the Colt Starting Challenge growing and making something positive. I think itâ€™s something thatâ€™s needed. What I really like about it is, in the competitions I did, everybody was really helpful. Weâ€™re there to support each other. We want everybody to succeed.â€ť
That is a key factor in what Beatty has developed. The challenges are a comradery-based system, because all the competitors are after the same goal; they just go about it in different ways. A major ingredient is natural horsemanship, which uses a horseâ€™s instincts and methods of communication. Horses donâ€™t learn through fear or pain; instead they learn from pressure and the release of pressure.
â€śWeâ€™re not trying to reinvent the wheel, but weâ€™re showing that there are other ways to do this,â€ť Beatty said, noting that there is a need for more young horses or colts that have been unhandled to be part of the Centennial event. â€śPeople are coming to it, and they really like it.â€ť
In fact, the growth has allowed Beatty to create a Colt Starting Challenge USA finals, which will take place during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Fan Fest in December in Las Vegas.
â€śIn order to make it to our finals, they will have to have competed in at least two of our events, and we will take the top eight,â€ť Beatty said. â€śWe will do it over three days, where the third day is all the contestants doing the obstacle course at the same time.â€ť
The finale also is an attractive enticement for trainers to be part of the challenges.
â€śI like the fact that heâ€™s already talking about having a finals,â€ť Sundquist said. â€śThis is a good sign that something big is about to happen.â€ť
Itâ€™s happening July 25-26 in Centennial.
DODGE CITY, Kan. â€“ In all the years Justin Rumford has been to Dodge City, heâ€™s been to just one performance of Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.
That changes this year, when he will be one of the featured acts at the annual rodeo, set for 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 30-Sunday, Aug. 3, at Roundup Arena. This yearâ€™s rodeo also features and Xtreme Bulls Tour competition, which will take place at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 29.
â€śI worked in Dodge City every summer when I was in college as the stage coach driver at Boot Hill,â€ť said Rumford, who grew up in a rodeo family in Abbyville, Kan., just 100 miles east of Dodge City. â€śWhen I steer wrestled, I was always in slack and never competed in a performance. The only performance I ever went to was when I drove the stage coach into the arena.â€ť
Rumford is a rodeo entertainer and clown, and heâ€™s pretty good at it, too. The last two years, he was recognized as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Associationâ€™s clown of the year. This past December, he was recognized as the 2013 Coors Man in the Can, the top honor for rodeo barrelmen.
In Dodge City, he will share the arena with the sportâ€™s greatest stars and another amazing act, California-based Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls, which will showcase trick riding, trick roping and roman riding skills; they were nominated for the PRCAâ€™s dress act of the year in 2011 and 2013.
â€śOur committee has worked very hard to bring the top talent in ProRodeo to Dodge City, and weâ€™re very excited to have Justin and the Riata Ranch girls with us this year,â€ť said Dr. R.C. Trotter, chairman of the volunteer committee that produces the annual rodeo. â€śThis will be the third time the girls have performed at our rodeo, and theyâ€™ve always done an outstanding job.
â€śHaving Justin at our rodeo is special because he grew up in Kansas.â€ť
There isnâ€™t a job in rodeo that Rumford hasnâ€™t done. His grandfather, Floyd, founded Rumford Rodeo Co., and he was involved in the family business from the time he was in diapers. Now the Kansas cowboy has found his niche, bringing a comedic personality to the arena. Itâ€™s paid off quite well.
â€śIt really means a lot to me to be able to work Dodge City,â€ť he said. â€śWhen I talked to Dr. Trotter, I was so excited, especially since Lance Brittan was one of my biggest heroes when I was growing up, and he still fights bulls there.
â€śThereâ€™s so much history in Dodge City. When I ran the stage coach, I stayed at the arena every night through the summer. That is just a first-class committee, and they roll out the red carpet for you.â€ť
The red carpet is equally on display for fans, whether its rodeoâ€™s biggest names battling for the large purse or Rumfordâ€™s side-splitting comedy or the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girlsâ€™ Western showmanship.
â€śWe donâ€™t just trick ride or rope,â€ť said Jennifer Welch Nicholson, who runs the operation. â€śWe actually work with choreography, so we have a full production. We really work on timing and production and making the show make sense to the audience.
â€śWe combine the trick riding, roping and roman riding in one sequence.â€ť
That combination has earned the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls grand acclaim. They are known worldwide for their work and have traveled to 18 countries â€“ and all across the United States â€“ performing.
â€śThe Cowboy Girls is the main team,â€ť Welch Nicholson said. â€śThis is our third time back to Dodge City. We will have six of us there.â€ť
Being a two-time nominee for the PRCAâ€™s dress act award is a tremendous honor for her and the rest of the team.
â€śItâ€™s wonderful to think that our peers think enough of our show to nominate us,â€ť Welch Nicholson said. â€śThereâ€™s a lot of great talent out there.
â€śIâ€™m very happy for the girls who put in their time and the hard work, because what we do takes a lot of hard work and dedication.â€ť
It also provides a great deal of entertainment to rodeo fans.
â€śI think our audience is going to enjoy everything that will happen at our rodeo this year,â€ť Trotter said. â€śIt certainly makes it exciting for us.â€ť
LOVINGTON, N.M. â€“ Kaley Bass likes Jake McClure Arena.
Each of the past two seasons, the Florida-born cowgirl has raced through the Lovington stadium in route to the Lea County Fair and Rodeoâ€™s barrel racing titles and back-to-back qualifications to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
She expected to be in the mix to make it a three-peat at this yearâ€™s rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6-Saturday, Aug. 9. In fact, she is one of 10 reigning champions who should be on hand to defend their titles, joining bareback rider Jessy Davis, steer wrestler K.C. Jones, steer roper J.P. Wickett, bull rider Corey Navarre, tie-down roper Jesse Clark, team ropers Chace Thompson and Jayton McCright and saddle bronc riders Cody Wright and Jake Wright.
Thatâ€™s a strong list of rodeoâ€™s greatest stars. In fact, seven of the 2013 Lea County champions have qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
â€śI think it says something about our rodeo that we get so many NFR qualifiers to Lovington every year,â€ť said Greg Massey, chairman of the rodeo committee. â€śI think it also says a lot about the elite contestants in our sport that they continue to perform at such a high level every year.â€ť
The Lea County Fair and Rodeo is part of the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour, which is an attractive feature for ProRodeoâ€™s biggest names. Hundreds of rodeo cowboys and cowgirls make their way to southeastern New Mexico every August, including many world champions.
Take Cody Wright, a two-time saddle bronc riding world champion from Milford, Utah. He won ProRodeo gold in 2008 and 2010. He is the oldest of six Wrights competing in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, including younger twins Jesse and Jake, who have qualified for the NFR; in fact, Jesse Wright earned the 2012 world championship.
The youngest PRCA competitor is Cody Wrightâ€™s son, Rusty, who leads the rookie saddle bronc riding standings. The fact that Cody shared the 2013 Lovington title with Jake is proof of the familyâ€™s talent.
â€śItâ€™s nice to go to a rodeo and have really good horses for everybody,â€ť Jake said after posting an 87-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeoâ€™s Miss Molly, the same score Cody posted on Carrâ€™s Mike & Ike. â€śThe stock contractor here has the kind of caliber that itâ€™s really a riding contest and not a drawing contest.
â€śEither Iâ€™m riding better or drawing better; maybe both.â€ť
Jake Wright utilized the victory to earn a second straight berth to the NFR, the season-ending championship that takes place each December in Las Vegas, where he made a solid run toward the 2013 world championship. He finished second in the world standings, but he won the hearts of many fans with his performance throughout last season.
And just like the other nine Lea County Fair and Rodeo reigning champions, expect to see him back in Lovington in August.